South American Independence

Gender, Politics, Text

Catherine Davies, Claire Brewster, and Hilary Owen

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ISBN: 9781846316845

Publication: March 1, 2011

Series: Liverpool Latin American Studies 7

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The struggles for independence in Latin America during the first half of the nineteenth century were accompanied by a wide-ranging debate about political rights, nationality and citizenship. In South American Independence, Catherine Davies, Claire Brewster and Hilary Owen investigate the neglected role of gender in that discussion. Examining women writers from Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru, and Colombia, the book traces the contradictions inherent in revolutionary movements that, while arguing for the rights of all, remained ambivalent, at best, about the place of women. Through studies of both published and unpublished writings, South American Independence reveals the complex role of women in shaping the vexed ideologies of independence.

Catherine Davies is a Professor of Hispanic and Latin American Studies at the University of Nottingham. She is the author of A Place in the Sun? Women Writers in Twentieth Century Cuba (Zed, 1997) and co-editor of Latin American Women’s Writing: Feminist Readings in Theory and Crisis (OUP, 1996).

Claire Brewster is a Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham. She is author of Responding to Crisis in Contemporary Mexico (University of Arizona Press, 2005).

Hilary Owen is Senior Lecturer in Portuguese at the University of Manchester. She is the author of Portuguese Women’s Writing, 1972-1986 (Edwin Mellen Press, 2000)

List of plates Acknowledgements Part I 1. South American Independence: War, Liberty, Gender, Text 2. Figuring the Feminine: The Writings of Simón Bolivar (1783-1830) 3. Troped Out of History: Gender Slippage and Woman in the Poetry of Andrés Bello 4. Competing Masculinities and Political Discourse: The Writings of Esteban Echeverria (1805-51) 5. Satirised Woman and Counter-Strategies Part II 6. Women, War and Spanish American Independence 7. Women, Letter-Writing and the Wars of Independence in Chile 8. Gender, Patriotism and Social Capital: Josefa Acevedo and Mercedes Martin 9. Gender and Revolution in Southern Brazil: Restitching the Farroupilha Revolt in the Works of Delfina Benigna da Cunha and Ana de Barandas 10. Juana Manso (1819-75): Women in History 11. Conclusions: South America, Gender, Politics, Text Bibliography Index

The authors should be praised for in covering several hitherto unknown or forgotten texts, mainly those written by women, as well as for a cautious analysis of these and the scholarly literature written on the subject. ...a valuable contribution to the study if gender roles and female agency in the first half of the nineteenth century in Latin America, and a fine example of the important of an interdisciplinary approach to Latin American independence.
  Hispanic American Historical Review, Volume 88, No. 3

This book offers an appealing blend of history and literary criticism, with the added benefit on an important focus on women and gender, a theme long neglected in studies of South American Independence. It could be used successfully in upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses in history, literature and Latin American studies. And it goes without saying that for scholars of the independence era it is an important addition to bibliographies and book-shelves.
  Latin American Studies, Volume 41

A novel, original, suggestive, and profoundly thought-provoking study of Latin American independence. I genuinely think this is a classic in the making.

Format: Paperback

Size: 234 × 156 mm

272 Pages

ISBN: 9781846316845

Publication: March 1, 2011

Series: Liverpool Latin American Studies 7

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