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 Through studies of both published and unpublished writings, South American Independence reveals the complex role of women in shaping the vexed ideologies of independence.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 Simon Bolivar (1783-1830) 3. Troped Out of History: Gender Slippage and Woman in the Poetry of Andres 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