By Marjorie Agosin
Marjorie Agos?n has accrued in A Dream of sunshine and Shadow: pix of Latin American girls Writers a wealth of very intimate, unique essays at the most eminent lady figures in Latin American literature from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, Uruguay, Argentina, and Brazil. a few of them are identified to the realm: Gabriela Mistral and Violeta Parra for instance. a few haven't but been well-known even in the borders of their very own international locations. What all of those girls have in universal is that each one creates her personal house in defiance of the boundaries imposed upon her via society and is ready to locate freedom via artistic mind's eye. And regardless of the deep prejudices all of the girls during this anthology confronted in the course of their lifetimes, each one used to be capable of triumph over stumbling blocks and declare a valid position as a author on a cultural level. All of those writers are vitally taken with the issues ladies face in Latin the United States. they've got participated in crucial methods within the background in their respective international locations, within the highbrow historical past of Latin the US, and even as, their maximum contribution has been within the sharing of the non-public info of own tales, their very own and others.
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Intensely committed to bringing national and widespread attention to women's issues, Storni used newspapers of mass circulation as a forum. Her example remained inspirational for decades, as her presence, biography, and poems, often compared to Sor Juana's early discourses, display a great and subtle sense of irony and power. Storni's life, work, and social position were integrated in a way that would later inspire women like Elena Poniatowska, who, in the fifties, began to produce literature of witness and to speak for those without a voice in society.
Her example remained inspirational for decades, as her presence, biography, and poems, often compared to Sor Juana's early discourses, display a great and subtle sense of irony and power. Storni's life, work, and social position were integrated in a way that would later inspire women like Elena Poniatowska, who, in the fifties, began to produce literature of witness and to speak for those without a voice in society. Curiously, Alfonsina Storni lived at a time when women, despite their lack of economic and financial resources, began to enter the public sphere.
Again, we must confront one of the initial questions posed by this collection: What is or makes up an inspirational life? How is national identity elaborated in the life of a creative woman? What successes are achieved, what adversities overcome? As Jill Kerr Conway maintains in the introduction to Written by Herself, autobiography clearly reflects gender. Men pattern their life stories on classical models, such as the theme of the odyssey, in which a hero travels and arrives at his elected and privileged destination.