Dianne M. Zandstra
Griselda Gambaro and the Grotesque
Embodying Resistance traces narrative strategies in Griselda Gambaro's novels to the grotesco criollo and to the broader grotesque tradition. Gambaro (Argentina, 1928 - ) is widely recognized as an interpreter of a society in crisis. This first full-length study of all but one of her major narrative publications provides a coherent theoretical framework and clear historical and social referents. After an overview of grotesque and grotesco criollo as literary technique and effect through a summary of pertinent critical theory, these techniques and their effect on the reader are analyzed in six novels, with an emphasis on their critique of social relationships within the Argentine political system and within male-female relationships. This book will be helpful to both the literary scholar and the undergraduate or graduate student and should be read by those interested in contemporary women's writing, oppositional voices under repression, in the political import of art, and in Latin American history and culture.
About the author:
Dianne Marie Zandstra grew up in the United States, the Netherlands, and Argentina. Her area of expertise is contemporary Latin American literature, especially that of twentieth-century Argentina, an interest that stems from the ten years she lived there. She holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University and currently teaches the Spanish language and Latin American literature at her undergraduate alma mater, Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she is a tenured professor. She is assistant editor of the Journal of Christianity and Foreign Languages and has published essays on Jorge Luis Borges, Emilia Pardo Bazán, and Griselda Gambaro.