By Kay S. Garcia
Elena Poniatowska, Angeles Mastretta, Silvia Molina, and Brianda Domecq are Mexican writers whose works are commencing to allure significant serious recognition. up to now, their paintings isn't popular within the usa nor can readers receive a lot information regarding the writers themselves. by way of combining in-depth interviews with serious essays, Kay Garcia presents a useful provider to people who want to have a greater knowing of latest Mexican writing. utilizing a feminist literary severe method, Garcia explores the connections among the writers' lives and their works. either the writers and their protagonists have tried to form realities for themselves that contradict legit discourses and bounds. in contrast to many writers of fiction this day, those ladies provide voice to the marginalized parts of Mexican society. The interviews, serious essays, and bibliography of damaged Bars will serve to make their works extra obtainable to readers within the usa.
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Because Mexican women don't do that here; so it is really a confrontation of two cultures. This girl [the protagonist of my novel] is enchanted not only by the city and by the country, but also by the whole culture. And she discovers that the Mexican culture is much more rich than the North American culture, because of the pre-Columbian cultures which are being explored so extensively during that periodthe novel will take place in the fifties or sixtieswhen a whole country is discovering itself, evaluating itself, great collections of pre-Columbian works are put in new museums, more and more searches are planned.
Her courage to publish criticism of the government is remarkable, considering the fate of so many journalists in Mexico: sixty Mexican journalists were killed at work between 1970 and 1990, and during those same years another 366 reporters were attacked while on the job (Barry 246). Elena takes me through her small living room, which is overflowing with books, photographs of friends and family, and souvenirs from diverse areas of the world. As she walks, everything she passes reflects her; she is connected to the tiles on the floor, the white plaster on the walls, the heavy woven curtains; she belongs here.
Elena's father was born in France, where he became a war hero. Elena remembers him as a distant man, who only expressed his feelings on the piano. Elena's mother was the daughter of a Mexican landowner who lost his hacienda in the Mexican Revolution. Her mother's family traveled throughout Europe, never seeming to belong anywhere. Sometime during these travels, her parents met and settled briefly in France, where Elena was born in 1933. During the Second World War, Elena's father was at the front, and her mother Page 13 drove an ambulance until she got into trouble for loading a wounded burro into her vehicle.
Broken bars: new perspectives from Mexican women writers by Kay S. Garcia