Reading the body in the narratives of Maria Luisa Bombal Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
  • Zink, Alison Kara
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Romance Studies
  • María Luisa Bombal (Viña del Mar, 1910-1980) was one of the few Latin Americanfemale writers of the 1930s and 1940s whose works received international acclaim. Herworks of fiction include House of Mist (1947), La Última Niebla (1935), El Árbol (1939), La Historia de María Griselda (1946), La Amortajada (1938), and Las Islas Nuevas (1939). Since literary production in Latin America in the first half of the twentieth century was decidedly headlined by male authors, readers were often limited by masculine portrayals of female characters. By focusing on Bombal's female characters this thesis helps to provide some insights into another way of portraying female literary constructions in the 1930s and 40s. Bombal manages to convey through her female characters' postures, actions, and expressions that which would not otherwise be visible or even allowed of these women who mirrored the set notion of women in her time. Their true thoughts, feelings, and emotions are relayed through Bombal's depiction of her protagonists' bodies in response to their surrounding circumstances, and it is to this aspect of characterization that I will devote my project.
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