Women, State, and Family in Latin American Literature of the 1920s

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:
Women, State, and Family in Latin American Literature of the 1920s

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This chapter reviews the novel of family relationships in the 1920s and 1930s that casts new light on the representation of family structures in the novel: how this representation conforms to or deviates from current political exigencies. Women's literature of the 1920s provided a new framework for the reception and interpretation of masculine symbols of identity. The feminine is a threat to the stability of the state; universal suffrage, modernization, and revolutionary ideals form part of a program of subversion. The family, the home, and the logos of patrimonial authority are all suspect in the avant-garde fictions of Latin American women. Women's fiction of the 1920s is marked by the countless acts of narrative resistance as if to offer a challenge to the symbolic traditions within literary history. Women's writing brings into question the problematic status of gender hidden in the texts of the canonical avant-garde.

Keywords: family; Latin American women; state; feminine; gender; avant-garde fictions; patrimonial authority; masculine; universal suffrage; modernization

Chapter.  10070 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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