This is the first book to include women authors from Hispanic regions never before brought together to examine how women's bodies reveal complex exchanges between political representations, self-definitions and gender designations. Although past scholars have considered discourses on women's bodies in relation to food and cooking, power relations, and gender negotiations, few have explored how Hispanic women represent it.
Renee Sum Scott is Associate Professor of Hispanic Literatures at the University of North Florida. Arleen Chiclana y Gonzalez is Assistant Professor of Spanish at the University of Michigan.
Foreword; 1. Introduction; Part One - Revealing the Vestigial Body; 2. Tina Pereda - Sniffing the Body Politic in Emilia Pardo Bazan's Insolacion; 3. Ana M. Patino - The Body with All Its Rhythms: The Nannies of Posso Figueroa; 4. Edith Morris-Vasquez - The Body as Parchment in the Poetry of Lorna Dee Certanves; Part Two - Charting the National Body; 5. Traci Roberts-Camps - Abjection, Nation, and the Prostitute's Body in Cristina Rivera Garza's Nadie me vera llorar; 6. Jorge Rosario-Velez - Damned Men! Body, Desires and Masculinity in Arras de crystal by Clara Lair; 7. Mark J. Mascia - Bodies Politic: Nature, Nation, and Society as Seen Through the Body in the Poetry of Julia de Burgos; Part Three - Inscribing the Illicit Body; 8. Renee Sum Scott - To Eat or Not to Eat? Body-Text in Two Short Stories by Andrea Blanque and Andrea Maturana; 9. Arleen Chiclana y Gonzalez - The Body of Evidence: Body-Writing, the Text and Mayra Santos Febres' Illicit Bodies; 10. Laura Barbas Rhoden - Anatomy of a Woman: Pleasure, Power and Politics in Gioconda Belli's Writing; 11. Joanna L. Mitchell - Haunting the Chicana: The Queer Child and the Abject Mother in the Writing of Cherrie Moraga; Index.