Thursday, April 25, 2019
The 19th century saw the literary movement and social network we know as Spanish-American Modernismo emerge largely from the pages of international periodicals. Sarah Moody, associate professor of Spanish at the University of Alabama, examines the editorial choices of two magazines, Mundial Magazine and its ladies’ counterpart, Elegancias—both exported from Europe for consumption in Latin America—and compares their gendered portrayals of Paris to demonstrate how a certain type of modernity was purposefully “marketed” to Latin Americans at a key moment of engagement with globalization and especially with gendered, Parisian styles of modernity that suggested a possible future for Latin Americans' modern desires.
Sarah Moody is associate professor of Spanish in the department of modern languages and classics at the University of Alabama, where she is also the director of the Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx Studies program. Moody’s research examines Modernismo and women’s writing in Latin American literature of the 19th and early 20th centuries, especially focusing on the relationship between aesthetic systems and identity formulations like gender or nationalism. Her current book project, "Las Raras: Gendered Aesthetics, Women’s Writing and Intellectual Networks in Spanish-American Modernismo", examines ideas of femininity that were both fundamental to Modernismo’s formation and exclusionary towards women’s active participation in the movement as writers and authors.
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