Ni Una Menos': Gender Violence through the Lens of the Contemporary Latin American Chronicle (1994-2015)

01 November 2021 → 31 October 2023
Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • Comparative literature studies
    • Contemporary literature
    • Gender studies
    • Literatures in Spanish
Contemporary literature Latin America chronicle gender violence genre
Project description

Since the 1990s, many Latin American authors have turned to the chronicle to discuss one of the most poignant social issues of the continent: gender violence. According to the United Nations, Latin America is one of the deadliest regions for women outside of warzones. The thriving contemporary Latin American chronicle is a genre that combines journalism and literature. Chronicle authors claim to offer an alternative to the hegemonic discourses of the state and big media concerns, which portray social issues such as gender violence in a way that is often sensationalist or stigmatizing for victims. Hitherto, scholars have not thoroughly analyzed the genre’s particular discourse on gender violence. Through a selection of contemporary chronicles (1994-2015) on gender violence in three Latin American countries (i.e. Argentina, Mexico, and Colombia), I aim to elucidate how chronicles problematize and contextualize gender violence. I will describe the strategies that come into play to represent the violence and examine the ways in which chronicle texts and the genre as a whole are framed as counterhegemonic. As such, my comparative analysis will significantly expand current understanding of the contemporary literary production in Latin America as well as advance theoretical insights into the genre of the chronicle.