Emilie Bergmann, Greenberg Janet, Gwen Kirkpatrick, Francine Masiello, Francesca Miller, Morello-Frosch Marta, Kathleen Newman and Mary Louise Pratt

in Women, Culture, and Politics in Latin America

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 1992 | ISBN: 9780520065536
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520909076 | DOI:

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This book explores the work of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. It then turns to the decades between 1910 and 1950 as the focus of the study on feminism and culture in Latin America. It mainly examines the struggle of women to participate in public culture, and the particularities of their participation, especially in print culture. Feminist analysis of the literary-historical situation of Sor Juana exposes the internal contradictions of the poetic canon and the effect on women's writing of the patriarchal definitions of public and private spheres. The three mythic female figures of Mexican Colonial history—the Virgin of Guadalupe, La Malinche, and Sor Juana—represent modes of inscription of the feminine in the theological and political discourse of colonization. The research in women's journalism has been important to the awareness of the social and historical context of women's roles and women's writing.

Keywords: feminism; public culture; print culture; Latin America; Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz; Virgin of Guadalupe; La Malinche; colonization; journalism

Chapter.  4400 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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