A Question of Blood: The Conflict of Sex and Class in the <i>Autobiografí</i>a of Victoria Ocampo

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:
A Question of Blood: The Conflict of Sex and Class in the Autobiografía of Victoria Ocampo

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This chapter presents Victoria Ocampo's autobiography that has exposed neglected aspects of the writings of an important figure in Argentine literary history. Ocampo's journalistic writing and activity had an important impact on twentieth-century literary movements in Latin America. The publication of the Autobiografía seems to have kept the range of conjectures about her life alive, but has not yet given rise to substantial critical debate over its content or import in the context of Ocampo's collected work. It then investigates Ocampo's attempt to reconcile through the autobiographical writing the contradictions that she displays as a woman and a self-avowed feminist who also championed the patriarchal values of the ruling class. The work reveals in one bold, consolidated text both the extent of Ocampo's feminist rebellion and the restrictions imposed on it by her loyalty to the upper class into which she was born.

Keywords: Victoria Ocampo; Autobiografía; Argentine literary history; autobiographical writing; feminist; ruling class; patriarchal values

Chapter.  10022 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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