Our Project

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Nineteenth-Century Latin American Women Writers – Online Collection is a project with a totalizing vision of nineteenth-century Latin America from the perspective of the women writers and intellectuals who transformed their national literatures. The nineteenth century brought about the birth of the American nations, and the emergence of a “native” culture and its artistic expressions. We can still hear the echoes of the passionate and bloody confrontations about democracy, nationhood, inclusion and exclusion, the influence of the U.S. and the servitude or resistance to the European models. The debate on education (in particular, women’s education), the reliance on foreign capital, the dependence on manufactured goods from Europe and the U.S., the caudillos’ hold on entire regions, the obliteration of native peoples, among many other issues, are very much part of Latin America’s national memories and current political and cultural discourse.

We believe it is fundamental to reflect on how the new republics saw the emergence of women as agents of history who re-wrote their own experiences in letters, essays and fiction as subjects and characters of the stories they told. Our project is designed to provide a comprehensive and inclusive vision of nineteenth-century Latin America from the vantage point of the women authors who fashioned the national literatures to their own image. Its objective is to provide a counterbalance to the (male) canonical figures of XIX century Spanish American Romanticism, Realism, and Naturalism (Bello, Heredia, Echevarría, Sarmiento, Hernández, Isaacs, Palma, Mármol, Blest Gana, Villaverde, Cambaceres, etc.), by acknowledging the contributions of women writers such as Gorriti, Merlin, Manso, Tristán, Mansilla, Matto de Turner, Gómez de Avellaneda, Cabello de Carbonera, Sánchez, Arriagada, among many others.

Objectives

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  • The creation and design of a unique online digital collection that will function as a repository of the primary sources produced by these women writers.
  • To facilitate online access to bio-bibliographical references such as: primary books, reeditions, translations, and other studies.
  • To consolidate, organize, archive, preserve and disseminate the scholarly output of a community of scholars and students of nineteenth-century studies; to encourage a dialogue among researchers, interested readers, and students through innovative and thoughtful theoretical and interpretative approaches to the literary and intellectual production of these pioneers of the nineteenth century.
  • The site also strives to provide its community of readers a space to share news about conferences, events, talks, symposia, call for papers, videos, books and articles, courses, dissertations, links, and more about nineteenth-century Latin American women writers.

Phases

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Phase 1
  • We refined the first bibliographical entries given by our sponsor in Peru, CELACP.
  • We hired two students to work during the Spring Semester 2011 for a total of 238,5 hours.
  • On March 6th 2012 we launched our website www.eladd.org with a conference given by Dr. María Cristina Guiñazú, Lehman College and the Graduate Center, CUNY.
  • We conclude this first phase with the inauguration of our online collection and the publication of two bibliographical lists: the XIX Century Bibliography and the Bibliography of Mercedes Cabello de Carbonera .
Phase 2
  • We hired two Graduate students from the Spanish Master Program at CSULB: Emily Frankel and Mike Smale.
  • We revised 1.053 bibliographical entries.
  • 19 bibliographical lists were published in our website.
Phase 3 (Completed in Spring 2015)
  • We hired two M.A. students (Joy Yoo Garza and Mike Smale) from CSULB to continue working on the project during the summer and fall 2014.
  • The students –under Nelly Goswitz and Claire Emilie Martin’s supervision-completed the bibiographical entries for 53 lesser-known authors.
  • An e-book of selected essays by Mercedes Cabello de Carbonera was published in our website ELADD.