Dreams and Realities: Selected Fiction of Juana Manuela Gorriti

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Oxford University Press, 20 de nov de 2003 - 306 páginas
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One of the most dramatic figures among Latin America's romantic writers and the distinguished woman writer of her century, Juana Manuela Gorriti brings passion and intrigue to the scene of writing. An exile from her native Argentina who sought refuge first in Bolivia and then in Peru, her lifetime of travel and displacement is echoed in her fictions. Her short stories tell of homelessness and nomadic yearnings, taking the reader from the Peruvian highlands, where Spanish colonizers plot to rob the treasures of the Incas, to the Argentine capital city plagued by sinister political intentions. Her later fictions move from Chile to scenes of the California Gold Rush. Covering the wide landscape of the Americas, Gorriti tracks the spirit of nineteenth-century adventurers and dandies, nation builders and soldiers who participate in the conflicts of settlement in a new and lawless land. Women are the protagonists here, mediating episodes of civil strife as they voice their despair about the treachery of fortune seekers in Latin America in the years following Independence from Spain. Dreams and Realities offers a sampling of Gorriti's stories, showing the range of her commitment to political fiction drawn in the romantic style. Originally published in four volumes under the titles Suenos y realidades and Panoramas de la vida, her works deal with the tyranny of the Rosas regime, the mediating role of women, and the clash of European and indigenous cultures. Notwithstanding her personal political leanings, Gorriti's stories and fictions provide a generous dose of swashbuckling adventure and romance. Translated into English for the first time by Sergio Waisman and with an Introduction, Chronology, and Critical Notes by Francine Masiello, the book gives a woman's view of the world of political intrigue and civil unrest that marks Latin America's turbulent nineteenth century.
 

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Página x - Culture and Nation in Iberoamerica," organized by the editorial board of the Library of Latin America. We received substantial institutional support and personal encouragement from the Institute of Latin American Studies of the University of Texas at Austin. The support of Edward Barry of Oxford University Press has been crucial, as has the advice and help of Ellen Chodosh of Oxford University Press. The first volumes of the series were published after the untimely death, on July 3, 1997, of Maria...
Página lix - Mary Louise Pratt, Imperial Eyes: Travel Writing and Transculturation (New York: Routledge, 1992...
Página lix - Hayden White, The Content of the Form: Narrative Discourse and Historical Representation (Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 1987), pp. ix-x. 15. Klaus Enssler, "Fictionalizing History: David Bradley's The Chaneysville Incident," Callaloo 11 (Spring 1988): p.
Página lvi - liberal republic"? For its liberal side, it suggests the autonomy of civil society, the flow of particular interests and the exercise of free will; for its republican aspect, it suggests a common and collective project, faith in consensus and the negotiation of a standard, universal ideal. As such, the liberal republic redirects the power of popular beliefs and sets patterns for national memory; paradoxically, it also constructs a semiotic field based on principles of exclusion.
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Página lv - The heated arguments, of course, reflect an asynchrony between civil society and the state and express the letmdos' uneasiness before the multiple, uncharted subjects who cannot be brought to order. In this respect, think only of the confusion in Chile in the 1840s when Bello and Sarmiento debated the future of language in Spanish America.
Página lvi - Their lively exchanges focused on the state's grip over deviant expressions and the possibility of a normative speech that would run the length of the cordillem.

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Francine Masiello is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. Sergio Waisman is Assistant Professor of Spanish at George Washington University.

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