The Space of Latin American Women Modernists

Author(s) Camilla Sutherland

Language: English

Genre(s): Literary Criticism, Art and Music

Series: Iberian and Latin American Studies

  • March 2024 · 264 pages ·216x138mm

  • · Hardback - 9781837721085
  • · eBook - pdf - 9781837721092
  • · eBook - epub - 9781837721108

About The Book

This book offers a fresh reading of Latin American modernism through the lenses of gender and space. By analysing the contributions of eight contemporaneous women – four writers and four plastic artists – it reveals how they constructed and conceived of their identities as cultural practitioners through distinctly spatial tactics. Organised around four spatial themes (domestic architecture, the natural world, travel and the public sphere), this multidisciplinary, comparative monograph sheds new light on the works of well-known figures such as Mexican painter Frida Kahlo and Chilean poet Gabriela Mistral, while recuperating artists that remain virtually unknown, such as Bolivian sculptor Marina Núñez del Prado. Through discussion of their work within a transnational context, this study positions these Latin American women practitioners within a broader narrative of modernism from which they have often remained absent.


‘In this beautifully written book, the author imagines an intimate community of brilliant female artists and writers who, in their respective cultural and aesthetic contexts, reflected on the meaning and expressive manifestations of location and being. Sutherland’s wonderful study is an essential read for anyone interested in Latin American arts, women’s history, and world modernisms.’

María del Pilar Blanco, Professor of Spanish American and Comparative Literatures, University of Oxford

‘Sutherland has written a book of extraordinary originality and brilliant scholarship. This visionary text allows us to enter the work of writers and painters who emerged at a decisive historical period in Latin America, and who negotiated a pivotal space in Latin American Letters. Opening a new field of scholarship, focusing on this modernist period maps a new understanding of these distinguished women writers and artists.’

Marjorie Agosin, Andrew Mellon Professor in the Humanities, Wellesley College


List of Illustrations
Introduction: Negotiating Space
1. Upon the Threshold: Reconsidering the Modernist Home
2. Mother Earth Remapped
3. Cosmopolitan Promises: Travel, Exile and Alterity
4. ‘On the margins of the fray’: Situating Modernist Women in Print Media

About the Author(s)

Author(s): Camilla Sutherland

Camilla Sutherland is Assistant Professor of Spanish Culture and Literature, and Co-Director of the Mexico Study Centre, at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands.

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