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Women, Guerrillas, and Love

Understanding War in Central America

1996
Author:

Ileana Rodriguez
Translated by Ileana Rodriguez and Robert Carr

Women, Guerrillas, and Love

Offers readings of Latin American “politically committed” literature.

Che Guevara’s diary, testimonies by Omar Cabezas and Tomás Borge, novels and short stories by Sergio Ramírez and Arturo Ariasare among the works Ilena Rodriguez examines in order to pinpoint the relationship between the collective and woman, and between woman and the nation-state. Women, Guerrillas, and Love challenges current assumptions about the relationship of gender and sexuality to writing and state building during revolutionary moments.

Rodriguez has provided valuable insights not just for those who want to understand the world but also for those who want to change it.

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How can literature show us what went awry in the process of liberation, and in the construction of a different, better world? Ileana Rodriguez pursues this question through a reading of “politically committed” literature—texts produced within the context of Latin American guerrilla movements. Che Guevara’s diary, testimonios by Omar Cabezas and Tomás Borge, novels and short stories by Sergio Ramírez and Arturo Arias: These are among the works Rodriguez examines.

Rodriguez seeks to pinpoint the relationship between the collective and woman, and between woman and the nation-state. Women, Guerrillas, and Love challenges current assumptions about the relationship of gender and sexuality to writing and state building during revolutionary moments. Employing several theoretical paradigms—Marxism, feminism, deconstruction—these readings take into account the “implosion” of socialist or socialist-like societies responding to the expansion of positivistic cultures. The book participates in the debate over the subjugation of insolvent nation-states to the mandates of the market, and the consequent substitution of economic master narratives for historical ones.

Women, Guerrillas, and Love

Ileana Rodriguez is Professor of Latin American literature at Ohio State University. She is the author of House/Garden/Nation: Space, Ethnicity, and Gender in Transnational Postcolonial Literature by Women (1994).

Women, Guerrillas, and Love

Rodriguez has provided valuable insights not just for those who want to understand the world but also for those who want to change it.

Signs

Rodriguez offers a feminist analysis of the position of women in revolution, politics, government and the nation. Rodriguez shows the convergence of literature and politics, the contrasts between patriotic and erotic love, with some reference to testimonio and magical realism. These thought-provoking analysis should inspire further research on these important topics.

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