Review by Choice Review
This encyclopedia highlights the literary output of a group of authors who have been underrepresented in traditional Latin American literature surveys. It treats only fiction, poetry, and drama that was originally written almost exclusively in Spanish or Portuguese by women who resided in Latin America at some point in their literary careers (whether born in that region or not). Following a roster is an alphabetical listing of entries plus a thematic list, also alphabetical, that recategorizes the writers by country and calls attention to the five nonauthor entries: "Eroticism," "Humor in Contemporary Fiction," "Lesbian Literature in Latin America," "Mother Images," and "Testimonial Literature." Although all articles include information on the life and works of the author studied, the format of the essays varies: some contributors focus on the dominant themes of their authors, and others stress genre or historical context. Each article concludes with a listing of the writer's selected works and suggestions for further reading of a critical nature. The encyclopedia lacks a comprehensive bibliography, but the index runs to nearly 40 pages for ease of cross-referencing. This volume is more comprehensive than Spanish American Women Writers: A Bio-bibliographical Sourcebook, ed. by D. E. Marting (CH, Dec'90, 28-1926), and updates the Encyclopedia of Latin American Literature, ed. by V. Smith (CH, Oct'07, 35-0648). It will be valuable for those seeking an introduction to the life and works of these accomplished writers or looking for new authors to research. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers; general readers. T. R. Arrington Blue Mountain College
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