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Literatura y lingüística

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AMARO CASTRO, Lorena. Strategies of the self: construction of the authorial subject in the texts of five Chilean autobiographers. Lit. lingüíst. [online]. 2012, n.26, pp.15-28. ISSN 0716-5811.

Between 1891 and 1925 a transition from a traditional and elitist culture to a modern and mass-oriented one takes place in Chile. New actors begin to play relevant roles, as for instance the middle-class segment of the population and women. The latter enter the literary field, portraying in their autobiographies the tensions related, on the one hand, to their position as members of the few elite families which rule the country, and, on the other hand, their subordinate role inside their homes. This affects their self-perception as writers, a role which they approach as an intrusion into a foreign space. These difficulties encountered by female writers to express themselves will be analyzed in the texts of Iris, Rita Salas, María Flora Yáñez, Delie Rouge and Marta Vergara.

Palabras clave : autobiography; self-representation; authorship; gender; female Chilean writers.

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