Gender Symp.: “Writing Sisterhood in the Argentine fin de siglo”
Fri, November 2, 2012 • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM • GAR 1.122
The Department of History's Graduate Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality presents:
“Writing Sisterhood in the Argentine fin de siglo”
A talk by Joseph M. Pierce, doctoral student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.
"The Bunge sisters (Julia and Delfina) each kept a diary, which, as a collective document represents an unparalleled record of the transformation of Buenos Aires from village to cosmopolitan metropolis, the Paris of South America. In this presentation, I analyze their self-life writing, which documents this shifting sociopolitical reality and suggests a new process of subjective individuation at the turn of the century (1880-1910). Their diaries posit mutual subjectivity, sisterhood, as an alternative to the patriarchal family structure that was advocated for by (male) politicians seeking to consolidate Argentine cultural nationalism in a country, it seemed, on the verge of losing its sense of self."
The Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality has been a fixture in Department of History since 2001, offering a forum for graduate students and faculty to present papers and works-in-progress for discussion in a relaxed and collegial atmosphere.