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It offers a highly appealing schematic summary of several major trends in recent feminist criticism: Bilingualism can be an asset, but its acquisition involves splits and instabilities, impersonation, a stepping out of yourself.

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She has her first sexual encounter at the age of fifteen and has her first child at seventeen. There is however an important difference between Catalina and Emilia.

She convinces Emilia that her education and knowledge would be a much more powerful tool in the city than in the countryside: It was not untilhowever, that women achieved legal equality with men. Duke University Press,p. She is able to make a direct and positive contribution to the revolutionary struggle, a role which arouses some resentment in Daniel: Please create a new list with a new name; move some items to a new or existing list; or delete some items. Emilia possesses an almost male logical mind.

Configurations of Woman and Modernity, 4th edn Ithaca: Remember me on this computer. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

She may provide entertainment through her humour and mocking disregard for lo correcto, but our final impression of her is rather negative given her duplicitous and unprincipled behaviour. Although she is grateful to him for what he teaches her in her life, she is ironically more grateful to Daniel for teaching her how to rely on herself rather than on other people, to survive on limited supplies of food and not to expect anything in return for her help to others.


Here there is a powerful environment of magic and ritual which suggests the infancy of mankind, when primal instincts were given free reign. Indeed, he kills his political enemies if they are perceived to be jeopardizing his political career — as is the case with the Avante director or the lawyer.


She hears about his corruption and murderous instincts from other people, and she spends four years of married life doing the typical things expected of a Mexican woman of the time p. Their different circumstances facilitate personal development and feminist consciousness. University of California Press,pp. Catalina proves incapable of the independent and altruistic role played by Emilia in Mal de amores who as a doctor learns to use her hands to positive purpose, as shall be seen in Chapter Four.

Madero is sometimes depicted as a victim of circumstances beyond his control, as a sincere democrat who was unsuccessful because of conservative and foreign plotting, press opposition, the impatience of the Left and because of his own flawed idealism LaFrance, p. Privacy Policy Terms and Conditions. Maximino abused his power — unlike his brother Manuel who was considered an affable man.

Angeles Mastretta: Textual Multiplicity (Monografias A)

Foreign involvement in the modernization of Mexico provoked a nationalistic reaction against outsiders LaFrance, descargxr. Subsequently Catalina becomes aware of the truth about her husband but refuses to accept it Braun, p.

Despite his reservations, Diego frequently encourages the women in the Sauri household to express themselves openly. But, perhaps more importantly, this anecdote points to the undecidable core of testimonial literature — is it fact or fiction, journalism or literature, truth or lies, objective narration or imaginative reconstruction?

Oxford University Press,p.

Men are the breadwinners and have access to power in both the private and public spheres while women are limited to the private sphere of the home.


As a result of this ambiguity and instability, the Revolution offered writers a wealth of material which could be exploited from different perspectives, which in turn, offer critics the possibility to interpret their works from various angles. It is Daniel who makes Emilia a feminist capable of making independent choices.

Cambridge University Press,p. Stylistic excess emerges in Mal de amores when Emilia, still only a small child, spills ink over her clean white clothes p. Innocence in Mal de amores is also connected with the concept of peace. The reader observes what Jesusa does not seem to notice and becomes aware of her inconsistencies and unscrupulous conduct. Like postmodern feminists, Mastretta criticizes totalizing structures such as History and celebrates Otherness and those repressed discourses relating to the female body and sexuality.

Or is it just a state myth that describes nothing in reality and exists only in rhetoric? For a general discussion on testimonial narratives see also G. Yale University Press, —94I: Nowhere is the male domination of Mexican society portrayed more vividly than in the literature, particularly the Revolutionary literature, of the nation. Emilia bravely contains her emotions by resorting to her thespian skills, demonstrating her innate strength of character: Catalina is young, acts on impulse, and experiences childish tantrums.

Her critical examination of the past has clear relevance for the present.

Ernest Benn,pp. Their discourses offer a more elaborate form of female citizenship. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Tulane, ; Dissertation Abstracts, http: University of Texas Aml,p. Emilia on the other hand is a positive female heroine.