Women, Literature, and National Brotherhood

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, Literature, and National Brotherhood

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This chapter explores travel literature that illustrates Gabriela Mistral's Poema de Chile. La historia oficial bears witness to the current emergence of new female political and historical subjects in Latin America. It also discusses the early women collaborators of the Peruvian Revista Amaula. Benedict Anderson's Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism investigate the idea of the nation as an imagined political community whose totality can never be experienced concretely. The writings of national icons, such as José Mármol, Juana Manuela Gorriti, and Juan Manuel de Rosas, are described. Rómulo Gallegos' Doña Bárbara and Teresa de la Parra's Las memorias de Mamá Blanca represent forms of female power and entitlement destroyed by modernization. The Poema de Chile reorganizes the literary patrimony in a poetry of movement and action which is not a poetry of heroics or transformation.

Keywords: Gabriela Mistral; Poema de Chile; La historia official; Revista Amaula; Benedict Anderson; Imagined Communities; José Mármol; Juana Manuela Gorriti; Juan Manuel de Rosas; Doña Bárbara

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Subjects: Anthropology

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