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ERIC Number: EJ919705
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2133
The Sublime Corpse in Gertrudis Gomez de Avellaneda's Women's Journal "Album Cubano de lo Bueno y lo Bello" (1860)
LaGreca, Nancy
Hispania, v92 n2 p201-212 May 2009
This article examines Gertrudis Gomez de Avellaneda's choice to include articles depicting the advanced decay of cadavers, which are simultaneously horrible and awesome, in her women's periodical "Album Cubano de lo Bueno y lo Bello". Background on Avellaneda's biography, women's print culture, and theories of the sublime provide a frame for the analyses. The stories under consideration are "Historia de un suicidio," by the Venezuelan Rafael Maria Baralt, which depicts the corpse of a young woman who took her own life, and "Sueno y dolor" by the Spanish poet Dolores Gomez de Cadiz de Velasco, a first-person mourning in prose of the writer's dead infant. The graphic yet aesthetically rendered descriptions of decaying flesh anticipate the new literary vocabulary of 1880s decadence in Latin America. I propose that Avellaneda-as-editor employs the articles depicting corpses to shock readers into identification with women's suffering in an unorthodox form of early feminist social critique.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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