Against Borges: Mapping the Feminine in Estela Canto

Klingenberg, Patricia N.
December 2006
Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (1475-3839);Dec2006, Vol. 83 Issue 6, p541
Academic Journal
The six novels by Estela Canto studied here provide a chronological view of her representation of feminine subjectivity, starting from her successful 1945 debut into Argentina's literary world (her first novel won Buenos Aires's Municipal Prize for fiction that year) to the 1970s. Canto's works all organize around a crime, but evolve from a focus on psychological intrigue to a broader interest in social and political tension. The word 'mapping' in the title alludes to a double effort to locate: first, to situate Canto in the mid-twentieth century struggle by women writers to reinvent stereotyped projections of the feminine inherited from the past; second, to analyse Canto's own production of both imaginary and historically known spaces as a mechanism for defining masculine and feminine difference in her culture, and ultimately to name these oppressive definitions as the locus of oppression itself.


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