Literatura femenina en el Peru decimononico. La cuestion del naturalismo y el feminismo en la obra de Mercedes Cabello de Carbonera

Elena Gonzalez-Muntaner, Florida International University

Abstract

Women writers in the nineteenth century were often underestimated and in some cases completely ignored. At the end of that century, a considerable group of Peruvian women writers had a significant influence in the development of Lima's cultural life. Either together in the “veladas literarias” or individually in their own work, they showed a common interest in women's concerns and especially in the problems regarding women education or, better to say, the lack of it. Although frequently these writers just followed the paths men have marked for them, they often tried to find their own ways of expression in their works. ^ This dissertation examined the cultural life in Lima at the end of the century and concentrated in one of these writers, Mercedes Cabello de Carbonera (1845–1909), whose work was analyzed from a feminist point of view. American critics had been chosen for the analysis and especially the feminist theories of Sandra Gilbert, Susan Gubar and Elaine Showalter. They were applied to three of Cabello de Carbonera's novels: Sacrificio y recompensa, Las consecuencias and Blanca Sol. ^ The study attempted to prove how often women opinions were distorted by the male tradition and how they tried a different way of expression through the metaphors and symbols referring to the state of repression women were in. Beneath the surface of their work lies a determined feminine consciousness. ^

Subject Area

Literature, Latin American|Women's Studies

Recommended Citation

Elena Gonzalez-Muntaner, "Literatura femenina en el Peru decimononico. La cuestion del naturalismo y el feminismo en la obra de Mercedes Cabello de Carbonera" (January 1, 2002). ProQuest ETD Collection for FIU. Paper AAI3049786.
http://digitalcommons.fiu.edu/dissertations/AAI3049786

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