Title

The [Latinx] Darling: Lorraine López Reads the Canon

Campus

Dahlonega

Publication date

3-15-2020

Publisher

Journal of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association

Book or Journal Information

South Atlantic Review, Vol. 85, No. 1, Spring 2020.

Abstract

Judith Ortiz Cofer describes “a migrating consciousness” that is explored in a “liminal space” that involves “linguistic decoding” of experience to find that freedom. These concepts can be employed to explain how Lorraine López’s The Darling works to demonstrate how its heroine, Caridad, attains the freedom of selfhood, through both literary and real-life experiences, by exploring, challenging, and then ultimately transcending the oppression faced by females living in male-dominated cultures.

Author Biography

Donna A. Gessell is professor of English at the University of North Georgia. Recent publications include “Peace Pedagogy from the Borderlines,” a chapter in the Routledge Handbook of Pacifism and Nonviolence, co-authored with Drs. Renée Bricker, Yi Deng, and Michael Proulx (2018); and “Judith Ortiz Cofer and the Ecology of Creating Identity” in South Atlantic Review (2017). Email: Donna.Gessell@ung.edu.

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The [Latinx] Darling: Lorraine López Reads the Canon

Judith Ortiz Cofer describes “a migrating consciousness” that is explored in a “liminal space” that involves “linguistic decoding” of experience to find that freedom. These concepts can be employed to explain how Lorraine López’s The Darling works to demonstrate how its heroine, Caridad, attains the freedom of selfhood, through both literary and real-life experiences, by exploring, challenging, and then ultimately transcending the oppression faced by females living in male-dominated cultures.