Who Cares About Adam? Some points are more outspoken than the other, some are implied by remarks, judgements, or how people react to certain life events, but none of these teachings seemed very attainable nor healthy to me, especially since that was definitely not how I felt God connected with me at my present stage of life. Women were cast as emotional servants whose lives were dedicated to the welfare of home and family in the perservence of social stability Papke, The formation of such a subject, according to Lacan, occurs when an individual confronts and learns to deal with others or a symbolic other an other in the mind or social consciousness, also denoted by Other, or grande Autre. At the same time the questions she poses and some of the conclusions she comes to are inspiring, unsettling and provides many different aspects to think and talk about.
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Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. The Angel of the House was the domestic ideal for women of the mid nineteenth century in the Hispanic world and in Europe. It portrayed the perfect woman as the Christian, chaste, maternal guardian of the happiness and success of her children, husband, and other family members.
Extreme self-sacrifice and stoic suffering for the good of others were its main principles. This conscious act of defining gender in the project of nation building is not unique to Argentina; periodicals and novels of the period link good motherhood and virtue to good citizenship consistently throughout Latin America and Spain.
The phrase Angel of the House gained widespread use throughout Europe in the s and its Spanish equivalent was also common in Hispanic literature of the nineteenth century. The literary critic Bonnie Frederick in her book on nineteenth-century Argentine women writers Wily Modesty attributes the origin of the phrase to a didactic poem by English clergyman Coventry Patmore in Although the phrase itself appears to have originated in Victorian England, the basic tenets of the model had been advocated for women centuries earlier.
In late nineteenth-century Spain the popularity of this extremely conservative guide for women was booming. She was a conservative and staunch defender of separate spheres for men public and women domestic , yet her status as both woman and writer was in conflict with her own ideology. One wonders how much time she dedicated to perfecting angelic domesticity herself, as she must have quite been busy maintaining a wildly successful publishing career. However, she goes on to point out that such singular talent is extremely rare, and that the typical aspiring literata woman writer in Spain is a repugnant creature to be taken as a negative example for all virtuous women.
Keeping with a tendency of the times in Spain and Latin America, she condemns worldly readings for young women that teach them of passions, betrayals, and sin she gives the example of the adventure novel The Three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas to illustrate this harmful fiction. However, the Spanish writer finds numerous positive benefits to be reaped from readings that cultivate delicate sentiments, goodness, and purity. Two of her novels, El alma enferma The Sick Soul  and La senda de la gloria The Path to Glory  , portray female protagonists who face the conflict between cultivating their own talents and dedicating their lives to their husbands.
She published more than one hundred books, which were mostly sentimental domestic novels illustrating Angels of the House in action, but her oeuvre also includes various manuals of comportment for women for different stages of their lives and collections of essays, poetry, and short stories Gran enciclopedia aragonesa. More than six hundred pages long, the volume contains dozens of stories written to teach women how to be obedient wives and self-sacrificing mothers, as well as cautionary tales about those who faltered in their domestic and religious mission.
The ideal angelic woman is not focused inward on her own subjectivity, but rather outward to those around her. However, by teaching women to ignore their own desires and to achieve happiness by making those around them comfortable, this unrealistically perfect ideal kept women from actualizing their own identities.
In her attempt to help her sex, she glosses over the fact that the burden of perfection is, itself, a form of torment. Her articles appeared in the most respected periodicals of her day, in Spain and in the Americas Jagoe , The importance of the notion of the Angel of the House went beyond the intimate familial unit in Latin America. Print media of the s and early s in the region portrayed women as the vessels of national morality; it was believed that through their high moral and religious standards the nation could aspire to future generations of good citizens. Since women were responsible for purveying the patriarchal value system and rearing generations of citizens to keep progress in motion, their subscription to national ideals was of utmost importance.
The Angel of the House was a pervasively consumed model in nineteenth-century Latin America; women and men, Positivists and Catholics, liberals and conservatives were counted among its supporters.
It is no wonder, then, that conscious women like the writers I study here attack the feminine ideal subtly yet surely in their narratives. It is easy to see why the Angel of the House presented a problem to thinking modern women. And today, the model of the angelic woman still poses an obstacle to a feminist reading of texts of the period. In some cases, as we shall see, the trope of the angelic housewife or daughter probably served the female author as a shield against negative criticism. In the analyses in Chapters 2, 4, and 6, I explore how the symbolic ideal of the Angel in the House is manipulated in each novel to allow the author to offer an alternative and unique female self, inviting women to look and think beyond the prescribed model and take control of their subjectivity through the fulfillment of their desires for travel, public activity, education, or adventure to name a few of the subversive activities the heroines of our novels enjoy.
The focus of this study is to trace specifically the reworkings of the Angel of the House signifier in three novels produced in Mexico, Peru, and Puerto Rico. The unearthing of many important nineteenth-century women writers from the Southern Cone has made a significant addition to the field in recent years, and slowly but surely scholars are rediscovering early women writers from Mexico and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean as well.
Recent scholarship on early women writers provides critical and cultural studies of underrepresented women writers from across Latin America. Already an established writer when she arrived in Lima, Gorriti was the driving force behind the meetings. The veladas, or late-night gatherings, began after the evening meal and often stretched into the early hours of the morning. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves.
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