Women Writing Resistance
Essays on Latin America and the Caribbean
Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez (Editor); Preface by Elizabeth MartínezPages: 250
Release Date: 2004-01-15
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Eighteen women are featured in this powerful anthology on art, feminism, and activism in Latin America and the Caribbean. Women Writing Resistance unearths an emerging tradition of Latin American and Caribbean women writers who, with increasing urgency, are writing in the service of social justice and against the entrenched patriarchal, imperialistic, racist, and exploitative regimes that dominated their countries for centuries.
Many of the women in this collection have been thrust out into the Latino-Caribbean diaspora by violent forces that make differences in language and culture seem less significant than connections based on resistance to inequality and oppression. It is these connections that Women Writing Resistance highlights, presenting "conversations" on the potential of writing to confront injustice. The authors explore a number of issues, such as:
- How are the different experiences of women of European, African, or Indian descent expressed?
- How has the experience of migration and return been addressed?
- What kind of contacts have Latin American and Caribbean women writers had with their male counterparts?
- What has been the impact of globalization on women of the region?
ContributorsMarjorie Agosín, Julia Alvarez, Gloria Anzaldúa, Ruth Behar, Rosario Castellaños, Michelle Cliff, Edwidge Danticat, Ruth Irupé Sanabria, Jamaica Kincaid, Rigoberta Menchú, Cherríe Moraga, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Aurora Levins Morales, Alicia Partnoy, Raquel Partnoy, Elena Poniatowska, Margaret Randall, Emma Sepúlveda
Table of Contents
Preface by Elizabeth Martinez
Introduction by Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez
Part One: Re-Envisioning History
1 Revision by Aurora Levins Morales
2 We Are Ugly, But We Are Here by Edwidge Danticat
3 The Silent Witness by Raquel Partnoy
4 And What Would It Be Like? by Michelle Cliff
5 Everything I Kept: Reflections of an “Anthropoeta” by Ruth Behar
6 The Dream of Nunca Más: Healing the Wounds by Emma Sepúlveda
Part Two: The Politics of Language and Identity
7 Language as an Instrument of Domination by Rosario Castellaños
8 Speaking in Tongues: A Letter to Third World Women Writers by Gloria Anzaldúa
9 Las aeious by Ruth Irupé Sanabria
10 Art in América con Acento by Cherríe Moraga
11 The Myth of the Latin Woman by Judith Ortiz Cofer
12 The Quincentenary Conference and the Earth Summit, 1992 by Rigoberta Menchú