By Marjorie Agosin
Marjorie Agos?n has gathered in A Dream of sunshine and Shadow: images of Latin American girls Writers a wealth of very intimate, unique essays at the most eminent girl figures in Latin American literature from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, Uruguay, Argentina, and Brazil. a few of them are recognized to the area: Gabriela Mistral and Violeta Parra for instance. a few haven't but been famous even in the borders of their very own nations. What all of those ladies have in universal is that each one creates her personal area in defiance of the bounds imposed upon her by means of society and is ready to locate freedom via artistic mind's eye. And regardless of the deep prejudices the entire ladies during this anthology confronted in the course of their lifetimes, each one used to be in a position to conquer hindrances and declare a sound position as a author on a cultural level. All of those writers are vitally serious about the issues ladies face in Latin the US. they've got participated in crucial methods within the background in their respective international locations, within the highbrow background of Latin the United States, and even as, their maximum contribution has been within the sharing of the non-public information of own tales, their very own and others.
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Ospina, Ocampo, and Suárez sought and created alternative spacesmagazines, literary salonsthrough which to promote art and literature. According to Gold, Clementina Suárez was one of the most visible figures in Honduras, yet she devoted much energy to the creation of art galleries. Her pioneering work in this area prefigures that of Marta Traba, who in the sixties would be the most important and controversial art critic in Latin America. Suárez also devoted time to helping unknown women authors publish their work; this, too, was an activity that placed her outside the mainstream.
The second section of the anthology centers on a several cultural workers whose talents and achievements are not limited to a single field of endeavor, including Ecuadorian novelist and journalist Cecilia Ansaldo; Costa Rican poet, novelist, and minister of culture Carmen Naranjo; and Mexican journalist, biographer, and accurate witness to reality, Elena Poniatowska, among others. According to Patricia Varas's article, Ecuador has been of very little interest to literary critics, who tend to focus most of their attention on other regions, especially the Southern Cone.
For example, we might wonder what was contained in the writings Jane Austen kept hidden under the blotter, and what led George Sand, when she became a writer, to chose her pseudonym and dress like a man. Why is so little known about how these writers created and lived, from colonial times until now? Why have so many stories and cases been ignored, excluded? Page 8 Have Latin American women had rooms of their own? How have they validated their lives and work in a predominantly male and authoritarian society?
A dream of light & shadow: portraits of Latin American women writers by Marjorie Agosin