Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Spanish & Portuguese

First Advisor

Tania Martuscelli

Second Advisor

Juan Pablo Dabove

Third Advisor

Leila Gómez

Fourth Advisor

Javier Krauel

Fifth Advisor

Marguerite Harrison


My dissertation steps away from traditional definitions of “women subjects” or “women writing” and explores the issue of time, which is generally attributed to a male universe. This investigation is a transnational project that spans two languages and three nations. My study focuses on the work of three poets born between 1923 and 1937, who have never been put into dialog before: the Argentinean Juana Bignozzi, the Brazilian Hilda Hilst, and the Uruguayan Ida Vitale. My contention is that in these poets’ works time is not merely a recurrent theme. Rather, they carve a poetics of time, whereby they resist accepted and internalized conceptions of time.

My dissertation examines how the role of poetry is crucial in our reorganization of the ways we inhabit the world. The authors investigated are bold in their construction of new paradigms of time. I propose that inherent in Vitale, Hilst, and Bignozzi’s work is an understanding of the power dynamics that govern socio-cultural structures. These three poets resist and undermine official narrative and look at their own beliefs and rhythms in order to articulate narratives regarding time.