Toward an Anthology of Spanish-American Women Poets, 1880-1930 is an anthology of my translations from Spanish to English of 42 poems by 25 women from 11 countries in the Americas. Each poet in the anthology has a short biographical note with information about their work and about the poems I chose for the anthology. From the biographies, I link out to their poems and my English translations. If you prefer the book in one big batch, you can download it as a PDF.
Introduction: Why Are There So Many Women Writers?
A 90-page essay on gender and genre that draws heavily on Joanna Russ’s How to Suppress Women’s Writing and explores the concept of modernismo. How are writers framed as “important” and added to the literary canon? What patterns can we see in the ways whether women are included in anthologies or not, in anthologies organized by nation, literary movement, or some other theme? When we look at what women were writing in a particular time, might that work look like part of its own literary movement?
Luisa Pérez de Zambrana 1835-1922, Cuba
Jesusa Laparra 1820-1887, Guatemala
Salomé Ureña de Henríquez, 1850-1897, Dominican Republic
Elisa Monge, 18XX-1932, Guatemala
Adela Zamudio , 1854-1928, Bolivia
Wiñaypaj Wiñayninkama / Para siempre
Mercedes Matamoros, 1851-1906, Cuba
Nieves Xenes, 1859-1915, Cuba
María Luisa Milanés, 1893-1919, Cuba
Hago como Spártaco
No puedo comprender . . .
Aurelia Castillo, 1842-1920, Cuba
Juana Borrero, 1878-1896, Cuba
María Eugenia Vaz Ferreira, 1875-1924, Uruguay
Emilia Bernal de Agüero, 1884-1964, Cuba
Delmira Agustini, 1886-1914, Uruguay
Claudia Lars, 1899-1974, El Salvador
Juana de Ibarbourou
Enriqueta Arvelo Larriva, 1886-1962, Venezuela
Vive una guerra
Balada de lo que oí
Gabriela Mistral, 1889-1957, Chile
Paisajes de la Patagonia: I. Desolación
Emma Vargas Flórez de Arguelles, 1885-19??, Colombia
Alfonsina Storni, 1892-1938, Argentina
Adela Sagastume de Acuña, 18XX-1926, Guatemala
Magda Portal, 1901-1989, Peru
Mariblanca Sabás Alomá, 1901–1983, Cuba
Poema de la mujer aviadora que quiere atravesar el Atlántico
María Monvel, 1897-1936, Chile
Nydia Lamarque, 1906-1982, Argentina
Invocación (a la sombra de Safo)
Olga Acevedo, 1895-1970, Chile
Appendix A: Other women poets of importance to this project
Appendix B: Feminismo. A 1917 poem by a man exhorting women to be more feminine.
3 thoughts on “Toward an Anthology of Spanish-American Women Poets, 1880-1930, by Liz Henry”
Thank you for this important book, Liz Henry. I’ve been researching Adela Zamudio and her work, and learned new and valuable information in your book. Are you on academia.edu? I didn’t find you there when I searched. A lot of scholars on academia.edu would be happy to read your work.