Latin American Women Writers
This is a course on women writers from Spanish America. A question would be established from the beginning: Is there a "feminine literature"? Several texts, by the most representative writers of the 19th and 20th-centuries, have been chosen to answer that question. As an important antecedent, we would also look at the work by Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, a leading figure of literature written in Spanish, in a male-dominated context, who was the most important intellectual of the 17th-century. Departing from Sor Juana, we would trace various “feminine” marks in the writing of later authors, noting the sociocultural context in which they appear. Such marks will allow us to answer that initial question. (.5 unit)
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