Sisters at War: Mexican Women's Poetry and the U.S.-Mexican War

TitleSisters at War: Mexican Women's Poetry and the U.S.-Mexican War
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsConway, Chistopher
JournalLatin American Research Review

During the U.S.-Mexican War (1846-1848), Mexican women published poems that tested the boundaries of conventional definitions of female subjectivity and domesticity. Central to the construction of female authorship was the idea of a collective women's voice, a "lyrical sisterhood" that situated the individual poetic voice within a broader historical tradition and a contemporaneous coalition of women writers. In speaking out about the war, women poets foregrounded their symbolic authority to exalt Mexican resistance to the invader, to decry Mexico's political and military failures, or to measure the horrors of war. In doing so, they selfconsciously used gender to blur the distinction between the public and domestic spheres.

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