Journal of Romance Studies

Out of the cloister: Spanish women’s online intimate writing in context

Journal of Romance Studies (2009), 9, (1), 87–98.

Abstract

This article considers the ways in which contemporary Hispanic women’s intimate writing, in weblogs and webzines, reflects and challenges key hispanophone theoretical models of intimate writing. It negotiates tensions between theorizations of the written page and the writing subject as tending to either enclosure or expansion. It then explores ways in which images of sequestration and personal expansion inform both the analysis of writing by antecedents of today’s writers – such as Saint Teresa de Ávila – and the production of online writing by two contemporary women. It claims that creating intimate writing in the interactive spaces of the Internet can lead to the expansion of the female subject in ways that challenge reductive associations of the intimate writer with an abject subject position.

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