The Subversive Voice of Carmen Lyra: Selected Works
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BeschreibungThese Central American trickster tales and satirical and realistic stories by Carmen Lyra (the pseudonym of Maria Isabela Carvajal, 1888-1949) are the first translation into English of the writings of a leading revolutionary, who was also an early 20th-century folklorist and children's writer.This volume presents her popular folktales, including her most famous work, Tales of My Aunt Panchita, alongside her influential social criticism. The familiar Central American folk character "Uncle Rabbit, " derived from both African and Native American folklore, is featured in the tales, while her children's play; Christmas Fantasy, portrays another wily rabbit trying to pass as the Child Jesus.Lyra's realism is represented by her satire of high society in "Tales of the Cothnejo-Fishy District, " and her "Silhouettes from the Maternal School" describes the founding of Latin America's first Montessori kindergarten. She denounces the exploitation of workers in "Bananas and Men, " while "Golden Bean" reveals crooked dealings in the coffee business.Although Lyra's writings form the core of this book, the editor's essay offers important biographical information about an author and cultural milieu unfamiliar to many in the United States. Those readers interested in Latin American literature, women writers, and folktales will find this book interesting and informative. And the tales are simply wonderful reading!
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: UNIV PR OF FLORIDA
Erscheinungsdatum: Juni 2000
Seitenanzahl: 246 Seiten