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Master of Arts in Language, Literature and Translation (MA)

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Olivas, Aaron A.

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Cardona-Lopez, Jose

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Broncano, Manuel


The short stories of Latin American writers like Rosario Ferré and Elena Garro are molded by the frameworks in which they have been constructed. Literature, far from being disconnected by the impositions of borders, geographical or otherwise, remains allied to the frameworks and ideologies that paved the way to its inception. In particular, countries in what is known as the Global South share parallel histories and are thus linked by the structures they have in common. The literature of the U.S. South is connected not merely to the nation itself but to other entities outside of it like the Caribbean and South America. As evidenced by Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom and Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, some of the recurring themes set forth in their writing are not isolated by their place in the world, but rather, by the ideologies and frameworks which they imitate.Among the central concern of these literatures is “unperception” among many levels, but for the purpose of this thesis, I refer to the unperception of the femme (anything associated with women and femininity, including gender and sexuality but not confined to it). In particular, in Ferré’s and Garro’s stories, we witness how the structures in which they write—which are similar, if not the same, as the ones in Faulkner’s and Hurston’s novels—are used but vindicated, ridiculed, and at times, rendered useless and unreal.