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Gender and the Rhetoric

of Modernity in Spanish America,


18501910
lee skinner

Whether considering public or private spaces, domesticity, work, or education, this book
provides sophisticated readings of a broad range of narratives that illustrate the
tensions brought about in discussions of gender and its relation to modernity in Spanish
America.Fernando Unzueta, author of La imaginacin histrica y el romance nacional en
Hispanoamrica

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 in the modern, utopian
nation. Lee Skinner 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.
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. She 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. This book offers a complete
picture of how writers thought about gender roles, modernization, and
national identity during Spanish Americas uneven transition toward modernity.

224 pp. | 6 x 9 | 3 b/w photos


ISBN 978-0-8130-6284-6
Hardcover $79.95 $35.00

AVAILABLE AUGUST

LEE SKINNER is associate professor of Spanish at Claremont McKenna College. She is the author of History Lessons: Refiguring the
Nineteenth-Century Historical Novel in Spanish America.

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