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The shattered mirror : representations of women in Mexican literature

Author: María Elena de Valdés
Publisher: Austin : University of Texas Press, 1998.
Series: Texas Pan American series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : English : 1st University of Texas Press edView all editions and formats
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Popular images of women in Mexico - conveyed through literature and, more recently, film and television - were long restricted to either the stereotypically submissive wife and mother or the demonized fallen woman. But new representations of women and their roles in Mexican society have shattered the ideological mirrors that reflected these images. This book explores this major change in the literary representation
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Valdés, María Elena de.
Shattered mirror.
Austin : University of Texas Press, 1998
(OCoLC)605505572
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: María Elena de Valdés
ISBN: 0292715919 9780292715912 0292715900 9780292715905
OCLC Number: 36799091
Description: xiii, 278 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: The politics of representation of women in Mexican literature --
Rulfo's Susana San Juan: woman as subject and object of desire --
Carlos Fuentes and the subversion of the social codes for women --
Juana Ines de la Cruz and Octavio Paz: the crucible of poetry --
Questions of female identity: Rosario Castellanos, Luisa Josefina Hernandez, and Maria Luisa Puga --
Identity and the other as myself: Elena Poniatowska --
The hard edge: Cristina Pacheco --
Poetry from the margins: Sandra Cisneros --
Like Water for Chocolate: a celebration of the Mexican pre-aesthetic --
Conclusion: there must be another way.
Series Title: Texas Pan American series.
Responsibility: María Elena de Valdés.
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Popular images of women in Mexico - conveyed through literature and, more recently, film and television - were long restricted to either the stereotypically submissive wife and mother or the demonized fallen woman. But new representations of women and their roles in Mexican society have shattered the ideological mirrors that reflected these images. This book explores this major change in the literary representation of women in Mexico.

Maria Elena de Valdes enters into a selective examination of literary representation in its social context and a contestatory engagement of both the literary text and its place in the social reality of Mexico. Some of the topics she considers are Carlos Fuentes and the subversion of the social codes for women; the poetic ties between Sor Juana Ines de la Crus and Octavio Paz; questions of female identity in the writings of Rosario Castellanos, Luisa Josefina Hernandez, Maria Luisa Puga, and Elena Poniatowska; the Chicana writing of Sandra Cisneros; and the postmodern celebration - without reprobation - of being a woman in Laura Esquivel's Like Water for Chocolate.

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