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Short Fiction By Spanish American Women

by Evelyn Fishburn Manchester University Press
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Pbk 160 pages
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This book provides a most welcome grouping of Spanish-American short stories written by women, emphasising their differences as well as similarities. The stories, expertly edited by Evelyn Fishburn, have been chosen for their high quality, originality of subject, richness and variety of language, and relevance to feminist issues.
Bombal's La historia de María Griselda delves into the family tensions found in a country house in southern Chile. Somers' mordant, black humour is brilliantly at work in El derrumbamiento and Lección de cocina, is a humorous but pessimistic account of the profound changes that marriage demands from the Mexican middle-class woman. In Mercedes Benz 220 SL, Ferré depicts the strategies employed by women for survival in an exploitative society from which their needs are excluded.
The texts are preceded by an inspired introduction to Spanish-American women's writing and substantial analyses of the stories from a predominantly feminist perspective.

Introduction - the background; feminism and literature; the short story in Latin America; an overview; Maria Luisa Bombal - ''La historia de Maria Griselda''; Armonia Somers - ''El derrumbamiento''; Rosario Castellano - ''Leccion de cocina''; Roasario Ferre - ''Mercedes Benz 220 SL''; Silvina Ocampo - ''Sonadora compulsiva''.

Evelyn Fishburn is Professor of Latin American Literacy Studies at the University of North London.