Viewing the Afro-Mexican Female Revolutionary: Francisco Rojas González's La negra Angustias

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dc.contributor.author Kanost, Laura
dc.date.accessioned 2017-04-07T17:15:05Z
dc.date.available 2017-04-07T17:15:05Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/35308
dc.description Citation: "Viewing the Afro-Mexican Female Revolutionary: Francisco Rojas González’s La negra Angustias." Hispania 93.4 (2010): 555–562.
dc.description.abstract Francisco Rojas González's 1944 novel La negra Angustias is recognized as the only novel of the Mexican Revolution that features a black woman military officer. Critics have observed that, although this semi-biographical novel portrays Angustias as a gender nonconformist who seeks justice for women and the poor, the conclusion ushers her firmly back to her expected place in society as she falls in love and becomes a self-sacrificing wife and mother. I argue that this apparent reversal is present throughout the novel in a narrative gaze that objectifies Angustias, ogling her brown, curvy body. Furthermore, Angustias herself appropriates the power of the gaze and orchestrates striking visual performances at key points in her trajectory. Thus, the novel foregrounds multiple relationships of viewer and viewed, as Rojas oscillates between rewriting and reiterating nationalist discourses, celebrating and negating the agency of his protagonist.
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dc.rights Copyright © 2010 ATSP. This material first appeared in "Viewing the Afro-Mexican Female Revolutionary: Francisco Rojas González’s La negra Angustias." Hispania 93.4 (2010): 555–562. Reprinted with permission by Johns Hopkins University Press.
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dc.subject Afro-Mexicans
dc.subject Francisco Rojas González
dc.subject Gender
dc.subject La negra Angustias
dc.subject Narrative Gaze
dc.subject novel of the Mexican Revolution,
dc.title Viewing the Afro-Mexican Female Revolutionary: Francisco Rojas González's La negra Angustias
dc.type Article
dc.date.published 2010
dc.citation.issn 0018-2133
dc.citation.issue 4
dc.citation.jtitle Hispania
dc.citation.volume 93
dc.contributor.authoreid lakanost
dc.contributor.kstate Kanost, Laura


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