A Queer Mother for the Nation: The State and Gabriela by Licia Fiol-Matta

By Licia Fiol-Matta

Gabriela Mistral, inner most and public. there is been a lot debate in regards to the topic yet Fiol-Matta takes it additional and amplifies it. within the e-book, she touches on Mistral's attainable Lesbianism or in a White-Race supremacy trust ahead of becoming the defender of local americans and Mestizos. She additionally talks in regards to the use of images and different visible parts to create Mistral's picture. The booklet isn't really effortless to learn, yet brings new elements on Mistral's existence to counterback her "Mythical" and "Sanctified" photo. and because the writer says, it really is a chance to re-read the author's paintings, certainly one of Latin America's most interesting.

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Typically, the quandary of a subject such as Mistral is addressed by analyzing one identity at a time. The story of her romantic 3 4 Race Woman life is separated from the story of her public career, even as her public figure unfolds in accordance with the narrative of republican motherhood. Salacious attention to the invented details of her private existence meshes happily with a hagiographic view of her role in world affairs. But to understand Mistral’s complexity more fully, it is useful to view her private and public identities less as discrete chunks of self and more as spliced and interdependent.

But her queer desire also appears in her treatment of the black subject, and, significantly, it is not as repressed. Mistral reexamined and reworked the injurious racism of “First Recollection of Isadora Duncan” when she visited the Spanish-speaking countries of the Caribbean and, later, Brazil. After these travels, undertaken in the early 1930s, the person of African descent became an object Race Woman 19 to know and to incorporate into the discourse of “us,” of Americanism. In a 1933 letter to the Mexican writer and intellectual Alfonso Reyes, Mistral writes: “I suffered through both the United States winter and the Spaniards; both are brutal.

The state, presumably, will manage such practices, though the essay does not say so. Nor does it name children as the telos of this endeavor, as miniature citizens or citizens-to-be. Childhood and education are precisely the arenas in which Mistral shrewdly and aggressively positions herself. Arranging the national strands that Vasconcelos leaves dangling, she insists that correct mixing is the foundation of the pedagogical intervention, because the national child is the desired creation of the public-education system (to emphasize the Foucauldian view of primary education).

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