FemUn Newsletter Fall 2006 26.2

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Fall 2006 26.2

About the artist

The image on the front cover is a detail of a Chilean arpillera from the private collection of writer and human rights activist Marjorie Agosín. These arpilleras were made by women in Chile during the brutal Pinochet dictatorship. Featuring three-dimensional figures sewn onto a backdrop, these wall hangings made with burlap, leather and wool revealed injustices of the Pinochet regime from 1973-1990. Many carried hidden messages tucked into the back of the work. Traditionally, they were made by anonymous women who had lost relatives through the regime. Although the Chilean government prohibited the exhibition or sale of arpilleras, they were exported, thereby revealing the realities of life at this time.

MLA Conference 2005 papers included in this Newsletter:

  • "Teaching Spanish Women Writers and Feminist Theory at a Religiously-Affiliated
    University". Valerie Hegstrom, Brigham Young University
  • "Retablos de la frontera: trauma, territorios interiores y geografías espirituales"
    Magdalena Maiz-Peña, Davidson College
  • "Pat Mora’s The House of Houses: An Exploration of “Women’s Wisdom”. Dawn Slack Kutztown, University of Pennsylvania
  • "Postmodern approaches to negotiating religion in the classroom". Cynthia Tompkins, Arizona State University

Reseñas included in this Newsletter:

  • El arte de no olvidar: Literatura testimonial en Chile, Argentina y Uruguay entre los 80 y los 90. By Nora Strejilevich. Buenos Aires, Editorial Catálogos, 2006. 146 pp. (Janis Breckenridge Hiram College)
  • Romero, Concha. A Saintly Scent of Amber. Ed, Phyllis Zatlin; Trans. Karen Leahy. Estreno: New Brunswick, 2005. 53 pp. (Candyce Leonard Wake Forest University)
  • Elena Poniatowska. Lilus Kikus and Other Stories. Translation and introduction by Elizabeth Coonrod Martínez. Illustrations by Leonora Carrington. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2005. (Fernando Guerrero SUNY at Plattsburgh.)
  • Empanada, A delicious play by Anel I. Flores (Sara E. Cooper, California State University, Chico)

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