This article revisits the first novel of the New Central American Narrative, Cenizas de Izalco (1966), by Claribel Alegria and Darwin Flakoll, to analyze the textual strategies and themes that take on sexual practices and social expectations with regard to normative constructions of masculinity and femininity. With a focus on gender relations and the expression of women's unsatisified desires, I affirm that Cenizas de Izalco attempts to rescue "the erotic" as a space of personal and intimate realization for women. From a comparative perspective, the study also analyzes the use of the intimate diary in this novel, alongside a contemporary short story by Lety Elvir “Diario de guerra: el diario de Rebeca” (2005). In sum, the article explores how women's literature carries out the radial gesture of making public the demands of women in regards to the intimate, erotic sphere, concluding that this literature contributes to the feminist fight to frame sexual rights as collective rights.
|Journal||Istmo: Revista Virtual de estudios literarios y culturales centroamericanos|
|State||Published - Jun 1 2014|