Julia A. Kushigian
Strategies of Reading for Culture and Gender in the Spanish American Bildungsroman
Reconstructing Childhood challenges the notion of a unilateral analysis of the Bildungsroman from a paradigm that engages four strategies of reading. This interdisciplinary multicultural revision of the Bildungsroman frees it from the constraints of the European, white, middle-class, patriarchal tradition, taking into account significant cultural, gender, socioeconomic, ethnic, racial, and generational aspects that the traditional model excludes. As such, it is a critique of the grand narrative of coming of age.
About the author:
Julia A. Kushigian is Professor of Hispanic Studies at Connecticut College. Her previous books include Orientalism in the Hispanic Literary Tradition: In Dialogue with Borges, Paz, and Sarduy (1991), and an edited collection of essays, International Studies in the Next Millennium: Meeting the Challenge of Globalization (1998).