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Motherhood and Childhood in Silvina Ocampo’s Works

An exploration of Silvina Ocampo’s revolutionary reimagining of motherhood and childhood.

Silvina Ocampo’s works are currently enjoying unprecedented attention from scholars, writers, journalists, translators, and film directors. This book explores the reason for the growing interest in her work and connects it to her transgressive representations of motherhood and childhood. The unique vantage point of this book, the mother and child dyad, will appeal to readers interested in Latin American literature, women writers, gender studies, and queer theory.

272 pages | 5 color plates, 9 figures | 8 1/2 x 5 1/2

Gender and Sexuality

Literature and Literary Criticism: General Criticism and Critical Theory

Women's Studies

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Silvina Ocampo Today
Section I: Mater
Chapter 1: Introductory Remarks on Motherhood
Chapter 2: The Dead Mother in ‘Rhadamanthos’
Chapter 3: The (Pro)Creative Mother in ‘El cuaderno’
Chapter 4: The Absent Egotistical Mother in ‘Las invitadas’
Chapter 5: The Mercenary Mother in ‘La furia’
Chapter 6: The GenderBending Mother of ‘Santa Teodora’
Chapter 7: Concluding Remarks on Motherhood
Section II: Filius
Chapter 8: Introductory Remarks on Childhood
Chapter 9: Childhood as a Race in ‘La raza inextinguible’
Chapter 10: Childhood in Reverse: ‘Cartas confidenciales’
Chapter 11: Childhood Rebellion in ‘La hija del toro’
Chapter 12: The Spatial Organization of Rape in ‘El pecado mortal’
Chapter 13: Concluding Remarks on Childhood
Conclusion: Mapping the Final Portrait of Mater et Filius

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