Female Power and Subversive Practices in Latin American Women Writing (Part 1) (Panel)

Spanish/Portuguese / Women's and Gender Studies

William Ryan (Temple University)

This panel deals with women writers’ intervention in the Latin American political arena during the 20th and 21st centuries. Either by participating in a political party, a feminist organization, or by writing independently, this panel addresses how women writing have opposed, transgressed, and sought changes in the social order of their time. We invite proposals—in English, Spanish, and Portuguese—that reflect on how these subversive practices and ideas circulate and construct a personal and collective subjectivity. Additionally, this panel inquires on the relationship between these women’s writing and both the feminist movement and the wider political / economic context (which in Latin America has been marked by dictatorships and crisis).

Focusing on the creation of the collective, we seek to respond: what is the relationship between educated or artist women and other female groups? Do they acknowledge the differences and challenges women face considering their class, race, age, nationality, ability, etc? Does their writing promote solidarity networks? Ultimately, we welcome analyses of a variety of genres and mediums: from letters and personal diaries to novels, poems, articles, blogs, and digital activism that discusses women’s writing over time and across several regions of Latin America.

This panel invites papers that address and interrogate the many ways in which women’s writing constructs a subversive subjectivity or collective. We observe writing as practice of inclusion and exclusion of other women in Latin America and a way of intervening in the political arena.