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Woman as Witness

Essays on Testimonial Literature by Latin American Women

Linda S. Maier and Isabel Dulfano

Testimonial narrative is considered to be both a constant in Latin American literature, as well as one of the most prominent features of the post-boom writing of the 1980s and 1990s; women have successfully assimilated this form and currently dominate the testimonial genre in Latin America. The essays in this volume provide an orientation to the woman-centered view of this genre by inquiring into the critical and theoretical debate on the subject as well as analyzing specific nineteenth- and twentieth-century Latin American women’s testimonial texts. Woman as Witness also includes selections from two testimonial works by Argentine women to advance the creation of a canon of Latin American feminist testimonial.
Contents: Linda S. Maier: Introduction: The Case for and Case History of Women’s Testimonial Literature in Latin America – Part 1: Latin American Women’s Testimonial Literature: Critical Issues and Challenges – Marilyn May Lombardi: The Crying Game: Rigoberta Menchú and the Responsibilities of Testimonio Criticism – Joanna R. Bartow: Essential Subversions: Reading Theory with Latin American Women’s Testimonial Discourse – Sophia A. McClennen: Are Cultural Studies «Against Literature»? Reading Testimonial and Film in the Latin American Canon – Isabel Dulfano: Testimonio: Present Predicaments and Future Forays – Part 2: Woman as Witness in Central America – Donald L. Shaw: Referentiality and Fabulation in Nidia Díaz’s Nunca estuve sola – Vicki Román-Lagunas: Oppositional Discourse and the Notion of Feminism in Testimonial Narratives by Nidia Díaz and Ana Guadalupe Martínez – Part 3: Woman as Witness in North and South America (Mexico and Argentinia) – Mary G. Berg: The Aventuras and Infortunios of Agustina Palacio de Libarona on the Argentine Frontier 1840-1841 – Mimi Y. Yang: Victoria Ocampo’s Making of Self in Her AutobiografMaking of Self in Her Autobiografía – Ana García Chichester: The Dialectics of Desire and Rejection in Elena Poniatowska’s Hasta no verte, Jesús mío – Alyce Cook: Hay que sonreír and Cola de lagartija by Luisa Valenzuela: Narrative as Testimonial Breakthrough – Part 4: Argentine Women’s Testimonial Texts: Toward the Formation of a Canon – Mary G. Berg: Introduction – Agustina Palacio de Libarona: Infortunios de la matrona santiagueña doña Agustina Palacio de Libarona la Heroína del Bracho (1840-42) Nora Strejilevich, translated by Cristina De La Torre: Excerpt from A Single, Numberless Death.