A Queer Mother for the Nation: The State and Gabriela by Licia Fiol-Matta

By Licia Fiol-Matta

Gabriela Mistral, inner most and public. there is been a lot debate concerning the topic yet Fiol-Matta takes it extra and amplifies it. within the publication, she touches on Mistral's attainable Lesbianism or in a White-Race supremacy trust earlier than becoming the defender of local american citizens and Mestizos. She additionally talks in regards to the use of images and different visible parts to create Mistral's snapshot. The ebook isn't effortless to learn, yet brings new elements on Mistral's existence to counterback her "Mythical" and "Sanctified" photo. and because the writer says, it really is a chance to re-read the author's paintings, one among Latin America's best.

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Enforcing the stricture of belonging entailed a submerged but no less potent role for Mistral’s “silent” sexuality. 2 In the more far-reaching context of public or collective sexuality, Mistral deployed the same language to draw a firm, frequently onerous line of national belonging. Elucidating the connection between her queerness and the racial discourse she successfully deployed is my goal in this chapter. , not all heterosexuals equally) but a particular heterosexuality, one tailored to the state’s project.

35 In other words, the indigenous woman is the sealed receptacle in which the race is kept pure, the acceptable vessel of reproduction. Projections about making the Indian woman feel pure resonate instantly with the eugenicist project to improve the quality of the population. The link between the indigenous woman’s body and the black woman’s body is crucial. Whereas the indigenous woman is a receptacle of the race, a national mother, the black woman is a vehicle through which the national seed and thus national life are lost.

32 In her important study of the eugenics projects of early-twentiethcentury Latin America, Nancy Leys Stepan summarizes the relationship between race and national belonging as follows: The desire to “imagine” the nation in biological terms, to “purify” the reproduction of populations to fit hereditary norms, to regulate the flow of peoples across national boundaries, to define in novel terms who could belong to the nation and who could not—all these aspects of eugenics turned on issues of gender and race, and produced intrusive proposals or prescriptions for new state policies toward individuals.

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