Review by Choice Review
This volume, companion to Reinterpreting the Spanish American Essay: Women Writers of the 19th and 20th Centuries, also ed. by Doris Meyer (CH, Jan'96), is essential to any Latin American collection. The editor has done a superb job of collecting some of the most important writings by women about women ever to come from that region. From works by relatively obscure writers (Eduarda Mansilla, Peru; Nellie Campobello, Mexico) to those by better known individuals such as Victoria Ocampo and Cristina Peri Rossi, every selection in this anthology is an eye-opener to the status of women in Latin American societies. A multiplicity of voices examine issues that run the gamut from the social to the personal and shed light on the constructs of power as they relate to gender, religion, morality, politics, and economics. It is surprising that many of these essays are hard to find in their Spanish-language originals, and it boggles the mind that most of them have never before been translated into English. Happily, these able translations now make them available to a much wider readership. The essays are preceded by short, useful introductions. This reviewer is pleased that footnotes are kept to a minimum, but an index of names and places would have been very useful. Recommended for all levels. G. Gomez Ocampo Wabash College
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