Spanish and Portuguese ETDs

Publication Date

Spring 4-29-2020


In this dissertation, I analyze a selection of works by eight Latin American female authors in order to explore how they represent the process of the social construction of women’s identities and roles in the male-dominated social, institutional, familial, and personal spaces that force women into particular positions of subordination. This analysis will focus, in particular, on how women writers represent the hegemonic systems of legality and science in order to highlight their role in the reproduction of values, practices, and institutions that maintain male control and female exploitation.

Each of the authors I analyze addresses the construction of women’s social roles and identities within the modern institutions of legality and science through their female characters and poetic voices. These authors have a discerning eye on their cultural context and, at times, a biting tongue as they demand social change and project what it could look like.

Degree Name

Spanish & Portuguese (PhD)

Level of Degree


Department Name

Spanish and Portuguese

First Committee Member (Chair)

Eleuterio Santiago-Díaz

Second Committee Member

Kimberle López

Third Committee Member

Miguel López

Fourth Committee Member

Adriana González Mateos




Puerto Rico, Mexico, Gender Construction, Discourse Analysis, Desire, Female Oppression

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