Gender in the Atlantic World: Women’s Writing in Iberia and Latin America

TitleGender in the Atlantic World: Women’s Writing in Iberia and Latin America
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsVollendorf, Lisa, and Grady C. Wray
EditorBraun, Harald E., and Lisa Vollendorf
Book TitleTheorising the Ibero-American Atlantic
PublisherBrill Academic Publishers
CityLeiden ; Boston

By focusing on women who resisted and assisted the imperial enterprise in Iberia and the Americas, this chapter probes the contours of the Atlantic diaspora from the perspective of women and gender and lays claim to the centrality of women's textual and cultural history to Atlantic world studies. Similarly, it urges a more nuanced approach to gender history, one that transcends the common divisions between Europeanists and Latin Americanists and aims to map women more successfully onto the Atlantic world. Focusing on women as economic, political, and cultural actors, the chapter assesses current research and builds on the promise of Atlantic studies for the better integration of women into Ibero-American studies in the pre-nineteenth century era. It talks about three concepts that have provided a framework for the study of women and gender in colonial Latin America and early modern Spain: power, patriarchy, and authority. -Publisher's Overview

"Theorising the Ibero-American Atlantic" offers a fresh look at the Atlantic turn in Ibero-American Studies. Taking the criticisms launched at Atlantic Studies as a starting point, contributors query and explore the viability of the Ibero-American Atlantic as a framework of research. Their essays take stock of theories, methodologies, debates and trends in recent scholarship, and set down pathways for future research. As a result, the contributions in this volume establish the historical reality of the Ibero-American Atlantic as well as its tremendous value for scholarship. 

Theorising the Ibero-American Atlantic... seeks to delineate methodological, theoretical, and temporal frameworks and pathways for engaging Ibero-American Atlantic studies. It is divided into three parts. The first part, "Defining the Ibero-American Atlantic", contains four essays offering different yet complementary theoretical perspectives on the Atlantic basin; four views of how the field might rise to the challenge and assert itself as one of many valid organising frameworks for historical inquiry for new generations in the twenty-first century. The second part, "Early Modern Exchanges: Identities and Ties (1492-1850)", offers four distinct approaches to the history of gender, race, ideas, and culture in the Ibero-American Atlantic. The third part, "Transatlantic Migrations: Culture and History Reconsidered (1850-today)", probes the meanings and validity of an Atlantic studies approach for the modern and contemporary periods. - Publisher's Overview

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