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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida; 1st edition (November 4, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813017858
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813017853
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,777,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

This collection of short fiction by contemporary Latin American women concerns travel "beyond the border" in two senses. It presents work by writers who, with the exception of Isabel Allende and Luisa Valenzuela, are largely unknown to English-language readers. In addition, its strongest stories deal with characters propelled beyond the boundaries of familiar experience. In "A Passion for Donna Summer" by Dominican Aida Cartagena Portalatin, the voice of the '70s disco diva exhorts a black girl to abandon her Catholic boarding school. She does, only to make the bitter discovery that her will to freedom, like Summer's music, is subverted by the strictures of a racist society. The narrator in Uruguayan Sylvia Lago's heartbreaking "Homelife" recounts how her husband's involvement with the mysterious Felipe ends in the destruction of her family and drives her from nearly everything she knows. These works set a high standard which, unfortunately, not all the pieces meet. Nevertheless, in collecting the stories and supplying bibliographies on the authors, the editors--academics in the field of Hispanic and Latin American studies--have made a valuable contribution.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Latin American women's fiction has received a great deal more recognition in the nine years since the first edition of this anthology. The new edition offers qualitative yardsticks as well, revealing that these writers are moving toward experimental literature and away from traditional, stereotypical concerns with domestic life, marriage, education, and other issues. There are even some militant feminist stories. Each story is followed by a bibliography, and the work concludes with a general bibliography and a second list of women writers not collected here. Strong stories come from well-known writers like Isabel Allende, Elena Poniatowska, and Luisa Valenzuela, and this volume also breaks a barrier by including stories from Brazilians Lygia Fagundes Telles and N lida Pi$on. It is hoped that nations other than Argentina, Chile, Mexico, and Cuba will be better represented in future editions, as the canon becomes more accepting of Latin American literature, whether male or female. For all academic and public libraries.DRene Perez-Lopez, Norfolk P.L., VA
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Beyond the Border is a collection of short stories written by a variety of women writers from Latin America.
Christina Myros
Although I have yet to read all the stories found in Beyond the Border I feel that this is a book that I will hold onto.
Meghan Megli
Lastly, these short fiction stories also offer a great interest in symbolism, tone, imagery,sound and rhythm.
Angelica Delatorre

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SUSAN W. on May 1, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book has incredible stories that have hidden meaning in them. The stories are fun to read and very engaging. The stories are humorous if read just for leisure.On the other hand, for a serious literature student or person, the stories have a lot to offer when critically analysed. They talk about women and how they fit in the society. Overall, I think Beyond the Border is a great book and people should definately ready it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jenny Setterlund on April 29, 2001
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This collection of short stories, edited by Nora Erro-Peralta and Caridad Silva and first published in 1991, provides varying perspectives on the feminine experience in Latin America. Some stories, such as Isabel Allende's "The Judges Wife", give a more typical view of life in Latin America without really challenging the status quo. Other stories, such as Rosario Ferre's "Mercedes-Benz 220SL", are sharply critical and experiment with form in order to aid in conveying their message. These stories show how women of Latin America get locked into specific roles based on patriarchal attitudes and often challenge the basis of these attitudes. One role that is portrayed in several of these stories, including "The Wedding" by Lucia Fox and "Homelife" by Sylvia Lago, is that of the mother. The repetition of the use of this role displays its significance in Latin American culture. One of the most important and interesting aspects of this book is the way in which it provides a wide range of female experiences.
I gave this book four stars because not only do these stories have a valuable message to convey to their readers, they are also completely enjoyable to read. If you are looking for a book that will carry you through many different settings, tell you stories of women from a variety of backgrounds, and keep you enthralled throughout, this is definitely a book you should read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Bartusiak on May 1, 2001
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Beyond the Border, a collection of short stories by number of Latin American women authors, is an excellent source of hints to the culture of Latin America. I was very fortunate to read a number of short stories from this book for my Women's Culture from Latin America class at ISU in Normal, IL. After some time of study of Latin America's culture, I was able to get more meaning out of what I read. For example, the short story Mercedes-Benz 220SL, by Rosario Ferre, tells the story that teaches us about the impact of patriarchy and materialism on the family. Ferre uses punctuation, narriation, reoccurring themes, and imagery to paint a picture of the role of men and women in Latin America. Another short story, The Wedding, by Lucia Fox, takes the reader through the thoughts of a friend of the bride, who doesn't seem to be a clueless as everyone else. She points out how her friends fall blindly into typical female roles found in Latin American culture. In this story, Fox uses flashbacks and imagery to leave a lot of room for interpretation. The reader is forced to use their creativity to create their own interpretation. These two stories are just examples of the powerful stories found in the book. I highly recomend Beyond the Border to those both fammiliar and umfammiliar with Latin American culture.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angelica Delatorre on April 5, 2001
Format: Paperback
Beyond the Border: A New Age in Latin American Women's Fiction is a fascinated book that includes many short stories from well known Latin American women writers such as Isabel Allende, Rosario Ferré, Aída Cartagena Portalatín to Elena Poniantowska. This book of short stories first appeared in 1991 and has many great reasons in which I rate it four stars. First and most importanly, is that this book is published by women writers who have suffered for many years to get their work acknowledged. Second, this book gives an overview on diverse themes in Latin America. Some in which touch base on partriarchy, materialism, gender roles, motherhood, and much more. Lastly, these short fiction stories also offer a great interest in symbolism, tone, imagery,sound and rhythm.
Therefore, I suggest if YOU want to learn more about the Latin American culture, writers, or themes such as patriarchy, self-expression, love, marriage, and much more PLEASE READ THESE SHORT STORIES. I promise that these short stories will take you into a great adventure and are a worthwhile experience.
***Angélica**** :) :) :) :)
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