Women and Power in Argentine Literature – Stories, Interviews and Critical Essays, by Gwendolyn Díaz


The astonishing talent of Argentine women writers belies the struggles they have faced—not merely as overlooked authors, but as women of conviction facing oppression. The patriarchal pressures of the Perón years, the terror of the Dirty War, and, more recently, the economic collapse that gripped the nation in 2001 created such repressive conditions that some writers, such as Luisa Valenzuela, left the country for long periods. Not surprisingly, power has become an inescapable theme in Argentine women’s fiction, and this collection shows how the dynamics of power capture not only the political world but also the personal one. Whether their characters are politicians and peasants, torturers and victims, parents and children, or lovers male and female, each writer explores the effects of power as it is exercised by or against women.

Argentine women writers: Elvira Orphée, Angélica Gorodischer, Marcela Solá, Luisa Valenzuela, Tununa Mercado, Alicia Dujovne Ortiz, Liliana Heer, Liliana Heker, Alina Diaconú, María Kodama, Cristina Siscar, Ana María Shúa, Alicia Kozameh, Esther Cross, Ana Quiroga

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