Gender, Nation and the Formation of the Twentieth-Century Mexican Literary Canon
Legenda: Oxford, 2011
The post-revolutionary Mexican literary canon was formed by cultural and political elites who sought to identify and reward those novels which would best represent the new nation. Reviewers found what they were looking for in Gregorio López y Fuentes’ El indio (1935), Carlos Fuentes’ La region más transparente (1958) and Sergio Pitol’s El desfile del amor (1984) but not in Consuelo Delgado’s Yo también, Adelita (1936), Dolores Castro’s La ciudad y el viento (1962) or Ángeles Mastretta’s Arráncame la vida (1985). This ground-breaking study provides a fresh perspective on canon formation by uncovering the circumstances and readings which produced a male-dominated Mexican literary canon. To remedy this gender imbalance Bowskill develops a new interpretive strategy which provides fascinating insights into the texts discussed and throws fresh light on the construction of literary canons.
Dr Sarah Bowskill is a Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at Swansea University, UK.