Writing women in Central America : gender and the fictionalization of history /
Laura Barbas-Rhoden.
Athens : Ohio University Press, c2003.
ix, 201 p. ; 22 cm.
0896802337 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Athens : Ohio University Press, c2003.
0896802337 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Gift to Victoria University Library. Davidson, Robert. 2007/03/06.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 185-196) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Laura Barbas-Rhoden is an assistant professor of foreign languages at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
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Appeared in Choice on 2004-09-01:
Barbas-Rhoden (Wofford College) evaluates key Central American women novelists--Claribel Alegria, Gioconda Belli, Rosario Aguilar, and Tatiana Lobo--and the ways in which each has rewritten and remembered history and gender in her fiction. While giving readers a general understanding of Central American history and the works of these writers, Barbas-Rhoden looks specifically at how these women differ from noted Latin American male writers like Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Ruben Dario and their interpretations of "modernity." She focuses on the effects of revolution and globalization on women in the isthmus and these writers' ability to represent a complex and changing Central American woman. Writing in an accessible style, she offers the reader an informed study on accomplished writers the world should not overlook. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and graduate students. N. M. Peeterse formerly, Virginia Community Colleges
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An innovative and interdisciplinary look at women writers' critical engagement with Central America.
Main Description
What is the relationship between history and fiction in a place with a contentious past? And of what concern is gender in the telling of stories about that past? Writing Women in Central America explores these questions as it considers key Central American texts. This study analyzes how authors appropriate history to confront the rhetoric of the state, global economic powers, and even dissident groups within their own cultures. Laura Barbas-Rhoden winds a common thread in the literary imaginations of Claribel Alegría, Rosario Aguilar, Gioconda Belli, and Tatiana Lobo and shows how these writers offer provocative supplements to the historical record. Writing Women in Central America considers more than a dozen narratives in which the authors craft their own interpretations of history to make room for women, indigenous peoples, and Afro-Latin Americans. Some of the texts reveal silences in the narratives of empire- and nation-building. Others reinterpret events to highlight the struggle of marginalized peoples for dignity and humanity in the face of oppression. All confront the ways in which stories have been told about the past. Yet ultimately, Professor Barbas¿Rhoden asserts, all concern the present and the future. As seen in Writing Women in Central America , though their fictions are historical, the writers direct their readers beyond the present toward a more just future for all who live in Central America.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: "Disrupting the Thread": Dominant Narratives and the Works of Central American Womenp. 1
Awakening Women in Central America: Claribel Alegria's Fictionsp. 15
The Quest for the Mother: Women and Memory in the Novels of Gioconda Bellip. 48
Asking Other Questions: Personal Stories and Historical Events in the Fiction of Rosario Aguilarp. 80
"Local Histories and Global Designs" in Tatiana Lobo's Narrativesp. 121
Conclusion: Where Now? History and the Presentp. 162
Central American Women Writers: A Bibliographical Studyp. 167
Notesp. 177
Bibliographyp. 185
Indexp. 197
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