Feeling Strangely in Mid-Century Spanish and Latin American Women's Fiction: Gender and the Scientific Imaginary (Contemporary Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures #94) (Hardcover)

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Feeling Strangely in Mid-Century Spanish and Latin American Women's Fiction: Gender and the Scientific Imaginary (Contemporary Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures #94) (Hardcover)

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The early twentieth century was awash in revolutionary scientific discourse, and its uptake in the public imaginary through popular scientific writings touched every area of human experience, from politics and governance to social mores and culture. Feeling Strangely argues that these shifting scientific understandings and their integration into Hispanic and Lusophone society reshaped the experience of gender. The book analyzes gender as a felt experience and explores how that experience is shaped by popular scientific discourse by examining the "strange" femininity of young protagonists in four novels written by women in Spanish and Portuguese: Rosa Chacel's Memorias de Leticia Valle (published in Argentina in 1945); Norah Lange's Personas en la sala (Argentina, 1950); Carmen Laforet's Nada (Spain, 1945); and Clarice Lispector's Perto do cora o selvagem (Brazil, 1943). It pairs each novel with a broad scientific theme selected from those that captured the contemporary popular imagination to argue that the young female protagonists in these novels all put forth visions of young womanhood as an experience of strangeness. Building on Carmen Mart n Gaite's term chicas raras, Rankin proposes this strangeness as constitutive of a gendered experience inextricable from affective and material engagements with the world.

Tess C. Rankin is a Spanish-English translator and editor with wide-ranging experience with scholarly and art texts. She works with publishers, cultural institutions, and individuals across numerous disciplines in the humanities, particularly in the areas of Iberian and Latin American literary studies, cultural studies, criticism, and theory, and she has published translations of poetry, creative nonfiction, and academic works.
Product Details ISBN: 9781837644742
ISBN-10: 1837644748
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
Publication Date: January 2nd, 2024
Pages: 208
Language: English
Series: Contemporary Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures