2001 Research Report
on Chilean and
Brazilian Women Contemporary Writers"
the 2001 summer I had the chance to travel to Brazil
and Chile support by the Center for Latin American
Studies and the Humanities Research Grant.
This trip had the objective to begin a research that
will be part of my academic dissertation to get my doctoral
degree. What I plan to do in the near future is to develop
a comparative major including Chilean and Brazilian female
literature work. Specifically, I am interested in a comparison
among authors of these countries in relation to the representation
of childhood as a narrative strategy. It happens that
many of the female writers of the period of the time
chosen use child characters in their books and a specific
view of that phase of life. So I am very interested in
finding out the meanings, conflicts and literary techniques
that result from those kinds of characters and their
universe. Other possible focus of to analyze, may be
the writing after the experience of dictatorship, and
the way that women writers reformulate their narrative
discourses in their new political, social and cultural
context through childish voices.
this opportunity I did some fieldwork that consisted
in reviewing literary archives, interviewed writers and
literary critics. Specifically my six- week research
project consisted on:
Archive work at Casa
Fundacao Rui de Barbosa in Rio de Janeiro where
I reviewed press dossier with the main critic and
records of Clarice Lispector and Lygia Fagundes
Lygia Fagundes Telles in Sao Paulo.
with the writer Joyce Calvancante, also Rebra Director.
interview with the professor Nádia Batella Gotlib, one
of the most important Lispectorīs biographer and
critic, at the city of Riberao Preto, Sao Paulo state.
with the professor Haquira Osakabe of the Universidade
Archive work at Casa
Museo Cora Coralina in Goiás Velho at
Archive work at
the National Library at Santiago de Chile.
I reviewed material of the writers Ana María Del
Río, María Luisa Bombal, Sonia Guralnik,
Beatriz García Huidobro.
with the Chilean writer Diamela Eltit, Santiago de
with the professor and critic Raquel Olea, Santiago
research trip was a very useful instance and excellent
starting point for a bigger project that will finish
with my dissertation. In that sense, the chance to visit
archives, interview authors, critics and professors was
crucial to get closer to my academic interest. As a first
tangible result of this project I participated in the
last LASA Conference (Latin American Studies Association)
hold at Washington DC this last September 8-10th. There
I presented a paper that had to do with Lispector
and Bombalīs work and public role. And in general terms,
I am sure that all the achievements done during the research
will be an important source of information and critique
for my future academic specialization.
really thanks the Tinker Travel Program for the given
support, without it I wouldn't be able to do all this
academic work so important to my prospective life as
researcher and professor.