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LUONGO, Gilda. Counterpoint for four voices: Private emergency/ public urgency in women writing. Rev. signos [online]. 2005, vol.38, n.57, pp.111-122. ISSN 0718-0934.

The article raises the critical reading, from the perspective of gender and feminist theory, of a specific selection of the literary production of four Latin American intellectuals. An exercise of inquiry and interpretation is proposed which attempts to become a link to tie the four authors in their discursive specificity and to reveal the way in which they articulate their production along public/private line. In this sense, the article tries to set in a dialogic perspective two Chilean and two Mexican authors who make their contribution to the cultural production in Latin America, in two different moments. An analysis is made of Amanda Labarca (Chilean) and Antonieta Rivas Mercado (Mexican) are analyzed through the writing of a personal diary and the discursive strategies in connection with the subject which this writing implies in the context of the second Latin American modernity. From Rosario Castellanos (Mexican) and Julieta Kirkwood (Chilean) the editorial writings circulating in magazines and supplements in the mid 20th century, in the 60’s, 70’s & 80’s. In all four writings it is possible to find several strategies, related with the cultural and political contexts, which use to disrupt the public/private dichotomy, thus deconstructing one of the columns of the sex-gender system, in the Latin-American culture

Palabras clave : Gender and literature; women writing; personal diary; magazine or newspaper editor; private and public spheres.

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