Latin American Women Writers

Spring 2018 quarter

Taught by

Spanish language, Latin American studies

In recent decades, Latin America has become well known beyond its borders for compelling, politically urgent, and aesthetically vibrant literary works. Contemporary writings by Latin American women, increasingly available in English translation, challenge preconceptions about gender and sexuality in the region while also addressing critical issues of politically motivated violence, collective memory, intersecting oppressions, language, spirituality, democratization, and social change. This program seeks to foster greater understanding of the region and its diverse peoples and perspectives. Writers will include Gloria Anzaldúa (U.S.), Rosario Castellanos (Mexico), Ana Lydia Vega (Puerto Rico), Rigoberta Menchú (Guatemala), Daisy Zamora (Nicaragua), Conceição Evaristo (Brazil), Cristina Peri Rossi (Uruguay), Luisa Valenzuela (Argentina), and Pía Barros (Chile), among others.

We will read novels, poetry, short stories, and testimonials by Latin American (indigenous, mestiza, Afro-Latina) women writers, focusing on legacies of colonialism, authoritarianism, and neoliberalism, as well as projects for contesting recent histories. We will situate our literary analysis within the historical and political events that shape Latin American women’s texts, and examine their critique of masculinist narratives that justify domination and exclude women’s voices. We will also view films by and about women, and examine women's and feminist movements in the region. Students will write literary analyses and some creative work, and will conduct research on a writer of their choice. Through this study, students will consider the impact of political, economic, and cultural forces on Latin American women's lives and literary production while also examining literary and film representations as potential sites of resistance. 

Program Details

Fields of Study

cultural studies gender and women's studies literature

Preparatory For

cross-cultural work, international studies, writing, and education


Spring Open

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Time Offered


Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning


$125 for an overnight field trip.