The Cambridge History of Latin American Women’s Literature
Edited in collaboration with Ileana Rodríguez

In this volume we reconstruct the collaboration of women in writing and culture in Latin America. Our volume puts culture on notice and covers with increasing, unwavering, and steady determination all areas of world affairs, from the tiny spaces allocated to the giant tasks of maternity to the production of decisive venues of publication; from the intimacy of home and the pleasures of the flesh to journalism, political activism, and world-wide pedagogy in a network that renders a firm testimony of a new mode of being in the world, and a wide gamut of adamant resolutions of selves that are eager to make their mark on it. The studies included here leave an imprint of gender that begins with the recognition of genuflections, and ends in the projection of the infinite universe of possibilities offered by revelation, revolution, and the overall umpf of being on the social, the cultural, and the political stage. Women of all social classes, ethnic backgrounds, professions and ages come to the fore to make explicit their power in all kinds of fora and podiums, whispering or moaning, yelling and shouting, reasoning or loving; they make their presence felt through the obdurate effort of a group of cultural critics who relentlessly search their genealogies, to make them available to a larger audience through this publication. We are still perplexed. How could so much talent be made to disappear so easily into the folds of male concealment? How could such excellence have been left to hover at the margins?

Ileana Rodríguez, Ohio State University
Mónica Szurmuk, University of Buenos Aires / Conicet, Argentina