Gender and the Rhetoric of Modernity in Spanish America, 1850–1910
Nineteenth-century Spanish American writers reimagined gender roles, modernization, and national identity during Spanish America’s uneven transition toward modernity. This ambitious volume surveys an expansive and diverse range of countries across the nineteenth-century Spanish-colonized Americas, showing how both men and women used the discourses of modernity to envision the place of women at all levels of social and even political life in the modern, utopian nation. Lee Skinner looks at texts by Clorinda Matto de Turner, Jorge Isaacs, Soledad Acosta de Samper, Ignacio Altamirano, Juana Manuela Gorriti, and many others, ranging from novels and essays to newspaper articles and advertisements. She argues that the rhetorical nature of modernity made it possible for readers and writers to project and respond to multiple contradictory perspectives on gender roles, establishing a narrative that competed with other nation-building discourses. With special attention to public and private space, domesticity, education, technology, and work, Skinner identifies gender as a central concern at every level of society.
University Press of Florida
Rhetoric, Latin America History, Philosophy, Modern, Gender identity
History of Gender | Latin American Literature | Philosophy | Rhetoric
Skinner, Lee Joan. Gender and the Rhetoric of Modernity in Spanish America : 1850-1910. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2016.