The Journalism of Alfonsina Storni: A New Approach to Women's History in Argentina

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:
The Journalism of Alfonsina Storni: A New Approach to Women's History in Argentina

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This chapter reviews Alfonsina Storni's journalistic writings that permit her to be seen as a working woman, acting autonomously for change in the social status of women. She no longer represents the woman seeking her reflection in the mirror of male desire. The chapter also explores some of the stereotyped critical evaluations of Storni and her work and proposes an outline of some different methods of evaluating Storni's work and impact. Storni's life dramatically illustrates the rise of a new class of activist professional women, often immigrants or first-generation citizens, whose emergence in Argentina was affected by a growing feminist movement and by labor movements in urban areas. “La dama de negro” combines several features of Storni's journalism. Although Storni herself is well known as a public figure and as a poet, her links to the history of women of her lifetime deserve to be explored.

Keywords: Alfonsina Storni; journalistic writings; Argentina; La dama de negro; journalism; feminist movement; labor movements

Chapter.  12289 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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