Spring 2024 Charlas con Café | La mujer, su pluma, y el poder: Historial & Textual Recovery of Mexican Women Writers

with Dr. Cristina Devereaux Ramírez, University of Arizona

Dr. Ramirez


1 to 2 p.m., Feb. 9, 2024


Center for Latin American Studies, Spring 2024 Charlas con Café – a weekly space to hear lectures from a wide variety of experts and discuss topics relevant to the Latin American region, Fridays from 1-2 pm (unless otherwise specified). Coffee & snacks starting at 12:30pm!

This Charla con Café first presents the history of Mexican women writers in the late 18th and early 19th century. Historically, women in Mexico and Latin America did not have the power of the pen. From the Colonial era, they were denied spaces from which to speak. As scholars of Latin American writers, we all know of Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, who was the exception to the rule. But where are the other women who wrote, spoke, and acted in the civic spaces? This question set Dr. Ramírez on a search deep into Mexico’s archives. Dr. Cristina D. Ramírez will discuss research from her two books, Occupying Our Space: The Mestiza Rhetorics of Mexican Women Journalists and Activists, 1875-1942 (winner of the Winifred Bryan Horner Outstanding Book Award, 2016) and her latest book, Mestiza Rhetorics: An Anthology of Mexicana Activism in the Spanish Language Press, 1887-1922 (Southern Illinois U Press, 2019). Ramírez reveals a series of historical women in Mexico (many unknown to Mexican historians), who were courageous enough to claim their civic power and voice with their pen. The history and writings of women writers such as Laureana Wright de Kleinhans, Hermila Galindo, Juana Belén Gutiérrez de Mendoza, Jovita Idar and many more will be shared with the group at Charla Con Café. Dr. Ramírez will also discuss the exciting research methods of archival research, textual recovery, and translation that can be done to create these historical research projects centered on Latin American figures.

Dr. Cristina Devereaux Ramírez is an Associate Professor and Program Director for the Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English (RCTE) graduate program in the Department of English at the University of Arizona. She received her doctoral degree in English with a focus in Rhetoric and Writing Studies at The University of Texas at El Paso in 2010. Prior to her graduate schoolwork, she taught middle and high school English Literature and Composition for 13 years with the El Paso Independent School District in Texas. Her current research focuses on archival and rhetorical recovery of Mexican and Mexican American women from the 19th and 20th centuries.

This is a hybrid event. To join via Zoom, please register here.