Brígida M. Pastor (ILLA) coedita "A companion to latin american women writers"

This volume offers a critical study of a representative selection of Latin American women writers who have made major contributions to all literary genres and represent a wide range of literary perspectives and styles. As early as the seventeenth century, writers such as Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, attained widespread acclaim that women´s literature was inaugurated in earnest, notably with the work of Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda. Many of these women have attained the hisghest literary honours: Gabriela Mistral won de Nobel Prize in 1945; Clarice Lispector attracted the critical attention of theorists working mainly outside the Hispanic area; others have made such telling contributions to particular strands of literature that their names are immediately evocative of specific currents of styles. Elena Poniatowska os associated with testimonial writing; Isabel Allende and Laura Esquivel are known for the magical realisms of their text; others, such as Juana de Ibarbourou and Laura Restrepo remain relatively unknown despite their contributions to erotic poetry and to postcolonial prose fiction respectively. The distinctiveness of this volume lies in its attention to writers form widely differing historical and social contexts and to the diverse theoretical approaches adopted. In sum, this book introduces the reader to an overview of the socio-historical context that has shaped the voice of these women. The diverse range of writers covered in this volume offers an exposure of feminine literary discourse, which is of great relevance to understanding the ‘matriheritage of founding discourses,’ revealing the rich textual examples of a wide range of women writers in Latin America, from those well-established to the lesser known and forgotten.
 

Este volumen ofrece un estudio crítico de una selección representativa de escritoras latinoamericanas desde el siglo XVII hasta siglo XXI. Sus aportaciones a todos los géneros literarios representan una amplia gama de perspectivas y estilos literarios. Ya en el siglo XVII, escritoras como Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, lograron la aclamación generalizada del reconocimiento de la literatura femenina, y consolidándose con  la obra de Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda en el siglo XIX. Muchas de estas mujeres han alcanzado los más destacados honores literarios: Gabriela Mistral ganó el Premio de Nobel en 1945, Clarice Lispector atrajo la atención de la crítica de los teóricos que trabajan principalmente fuera del área hispana, mientras que otras escritoras con sus nombres evocan corrientes específicas de estilos. Elena Poniatowska está asociada con la escritura testimonial, Isabel Allende y Laura Esquivel son conocidas por los realismos mágicos de su texto, mientras que otras, como Juana de Ibarbourou y Laura Restrepo permanecen relativamente desconocidas a pesar de su aportación a la poesía erótica y a la prosa postcolonial respectivamente. La excepcionalidad de este volumen radica en la atención dedicada a escritoras de diferentes contextos históricos y sociales y a la diversidad de enfoques teóricos adoptados. En suma, este libro presenta al lector una visión general del contexto socio-histórico que ha dado forma a la voz de estas mujeres.
 
Edited by Brígida M.Pastor (ILLA, CCHS-CSIC) and Lloyd Hughes Davies