Add to GoodReads

The Ties That Bind

Questioning Family Dynamics and Family Discourse in Hispanic Literature

Edited by Sara E. Cooper - Contributions by : Donald D. Miller; Dinora C. Cardoso; Lea Ramsdell; Ellen Mayock; Miryam Criado-Reyes and María Claudia André

The Ties That Bind comprises the first collection of critical essays that explore the family system in Spanish and Latin American culture. This thought-provoking volume addresses the intersection of language, narrative structure, social reality, and family dynamics through examples from a diverse range of literary works, including Cervantes' Don Quijote, Reinaldo Arenas' Celestino antes del alba, and the Chicano film My Family/Mi Familia. Issues of feminism, gender and sexuality, abuse, trauma, and communication take the forefront in this ground-breaking book, which takes psychological literary criticism a step beyond traditional psychoanalytical approaches. « less more »
University Press of America
Pages: 212Size: 6 3/4 x 8 1/2
978-0-7618-2649-1 • Paperback • April 2004 • $52.99 • (£37.95)
Sara E. Cooper is Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures at California State University, Chico. Dr. Cooper holds a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.
Chapter 1 Preface
Chapter 2 Acknowledgments
Chapter 3 Questioning Family Dynamics and Family Discourse in Hispanic Literature and Film
Chapter 4 Shifting Families and Incest in Chacel and Moix
Chapter 5 Dysfunction, Discord, and Wedded Bliss: Baroque Families in Don Quixote
Chapter 6 Matrofobia y matrilinealidad en Un aire de familia de Silvia Italiano
Chapter 7 Dysfunctional Family, Dysfunctional Nation: El cuarto mundo by Diamela Eltit
Chapter 8 Familia y comunidad como bases del proceso de adaptación social en tres largometrajes chicanos:. . . y no se lo tragó la tierro, El Norte y My Family/Mi familia
Chapter 9 Celestino antes del alba: The Family as Agent of the Community
Chapter 10 Family in Levi Calderón's Dos mujeres: Post Traumatic Stress or Lesbian Utopia?
Chapter 11 Appendix: Viability of FST for Latin America
Chapter 12 Index
Chapter 13 Contributors
....Cooper's singular contribution is her application of psychological theory to literary analysis, freeing it from the tendency to norm concepts pertaining to family and inviting rereadings of literary and filmic family plots. The works studied range from Don Quixote to Sara Levi Calderón's Dos mujeres and to films. Summing Up: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty.
J.C. Richards, Park University; CHOICE