In her paradigmatic essay A Room of One's Own (1931), Virginia Woolf narrates her unsuccessful bibliographical research process in preparing a conference on women and literature. As she asks herself what History is, it becomes clear that the realm of the feminine is not part of that narrative. Thus, since the 1930s, the work of feminist intellectuals in diverse geographies raised the question, not only about women's writing, but about how the mechanisms of historical preservation, and the creation of cultural genealogies, reproduce logics that marginalize the feminine as an epistemological category.
This course proposes a "revolutionized" reading of the Modern and Contemporary Latin American literary tradition based on the interrelation between the literary canon and the materials that lie in less explored archival spaces. The aim is to rethink the role of less studied cultural artifacts, associated with traditional notions of femininity, in order to question the institutions and regulations that authorize and legitimize a canon. In addition, the students will study the epistemological problem of the archive as an enclave and the origin of our understanding of power and identity.
The course will cover Latin American literature of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries through a critical reading of diverse literary genres (autobiographies, letters, diaries, chronicles, newspapers and magazines), their relationship with sexual identity, beyond the gendered bodies to which they are ascribed, as well as the presence or absence they represent on the shelves of bookstores, libraries, and archives. Covering a wide Latin American geography, we will read works from countries such as Argentina, Colombia, Venezuela, Chile, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Cuba and Mexico. Thus, the course seeks to bring the student closer to a panoramic view of Latin American literary creation considered canonical, while questioning, through the archive, the very way in which these genealogies have come to be constituted.