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.
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt/M., Oxford, Wien, 2003. VIII, 218 pp.
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 Nuncaestuve 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 matronasantiagueña doña Agustina Palacio de Libarona la Heroína del Bracho (1840-42) – Nora Strejilevich, translated
by Cristina De La Torre: Excerpt from ASingle, Numberless Death.