Alfonsina Storni: the Tradition of the Feminine Subject

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:
Alfonsina Storni: the Tradition of the Feminine Subject

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This chapter compares two poems that designate traditional archetypes: the Don Juan figure in “Divertidas estancias a Don Juan” and the figure of the “untouched” and hence perfect beloved in “Tú me quieres blanca.” In analyzing these two poems, it tries to explicate the author's position with regard to both the literary tradition she consciously invokes and her new feminist propositions. Don Juan is presented as an obsolete figure who no longer holds sway in a world of reading women. Alfonsina Storni suggests a new kind of exchange between equals: two complete beings, without either absences or lacks, who are related to their environment, rooted. Generally, the figure of Don Juan and that of the untouched beloved exemplify two external and opposite archetypes of traditional discourse which mythify masculine aggression and feminine passivity and, in so doing, authorize them.

Keywords: Alfonsina Storni; Don Juan; Tú me quieres blanca; untouched beloved; masculine aggression; feminine passivity

Chapter.  6571 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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