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ERIC Number: EJ845059
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 51
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0994
Forging a Mestiza Rhetoric: Mexican Women Journalists' Role in the Construction of a National Identity
Ramirez, Cristina D.
College English, v71 n6 p606-629 Jul 2009
This author investigates Mexican women journalists' writing during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. These women were at the center of the Latin American transnational experience--as female pioneers in the creation of a new mestiza rhetoric that reflected writing from the standpoint of inclusion that was resistant to oppressive ideologies. A mestiza rhetoric contains a discourse that emerges from a cultural background that recognizes its multiple subjectivities, adapts ideas and logics from various cultures, and "creates a symbolic space beyond the mere coming together of two halves." These Mexican women's discourse is situated within a non-Greco-Roman (or quasi-Greco-Roman) historical tradition of Mexico. The writings that they produced had dual rhetorical purposes. First, they wrote in order to contribute to a national identity that was situated in indigenous, Mexican, and European sensibilities, an identity that resisted any one dominant discourse; second, they wrote to counter the repression of women's voices in public. (Contains 30 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A