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作者 Parra, Ericka Helena
書名 Neofeminist discourses in women's testimonios: Elvia Alvarado, Maria Elena Moyano, Domitila Barrios de Chungara and Maria Teresa Tula, 1975--1995
國際標準書號 9780542756627
book jacket
說明 228 p
附註 Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 67-06, Section: A, page: 2148
Adviser: Reynaldo Jimenez
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Florida, 2006
In my dissertation, Neofeminist Discourses in Women's Testimonios: Elvia Alvarado, Maria Elena Moyano, Domitila Barrios de Chungara y Maria Teresa Tula, 1975-1995, I argue that working-class Latin-American women insert their contestatory discourses in a feminist ideology. In order to do this, they use the metaphor of the Mother in organizations such as CO-MADRES (El Salvador) or as Ama de Casa (Bolivia, Peru). I found that these women create an individual discursive self by which their individual and class experiences tell a collective story. In the testimonio genre the voiceless recount their versions of historical events. By its nature, the testimonio is a problematic genre; the veracity of its discourse and the potentially manipulative role of the editor are always questioned in contrast to other life writing narratives such as autobiography, memoir, diary, or Bildungsroman
The time period studied in this dissertation, from 1975 to 1995, includes the Decade of Women (promoted by the United Nations), the First International Women's Conference, the Second Wave Feminism, and the rise of the Latin American guerrillas as an option to confront authoritarian governments. My analysis is comparative and thematically oriented, focusing on the testimonios of the Bolivian, Domitila Barrios de Chungara; the Salvadoran, Maria Teresa Tula; the Honduran, Elvia Alvarado; and the Peruvian, Maria Elena Moyano. I propose that these working class women elaborate an alternative feminist discourse: first, as a contestatory response to the Second Wave feminist Betty Friedan from a Marxist point of view; and second as a response to the discourse of the difference, from a gender and class stand point of view. In my dissertation's attempt these working class women and editors work on collaboration sharing the oral stories and writing them. The truth of the stories is combined with the creation of the editors. Thus, my finding strongly suggests that testimonios are truly a collaborative effort that allows women to engage freely in an open dialogue and express their ideas about how they feel and what they think about different feminisms
School code: 0070
DDC
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 67-06A
主題 Literature, Comparative
Literature, Latin American
Women's Studies
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Alt Author University of Florida
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