Document Type

Dissertation

Publication Date

Spring 4-19-2004

Abstract

This dissertation examines the construction of the feminine Jewish-Mexican subject in relation to the concept of national identity in Angelina Muñiz-Huberman' s Castillos en la tierra (1995), Rosa Nissán’s Novia que te vea (1992) y Sara Levi Calderón's Dos mujeres (1990). These novels question the model of national homogeneity and undermine the boundaries of national discourse. The protagonists of these texts live between two different ethno-cultural worlds in which they each recreate their multicultural identities and negotiate them in a unique way within the established power system. Muñiz-Huberman, Nissán and Levi Calderón are part of a group of key Mexican women writers that integrate themselves into the Mexican literary canon at the end of the Twentieth Century. Their works show the result of the evolution of Contemporary Mexican women's narratives, from self-identity centered works (in the 70's and 80’s) to the emphasis on gender issues and the interest in analyzing the principles that define national identity (in the 90's). This project not only contributes to the study of Contemporary Mexican literature but also adds Postcolonial and Feminine perspectives to the study of exile and multiculturalism.

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