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Clorinda Matto de Turner. Herencia set in the city of Lima during the last decades of the XIX Century, is the third deliberately controversial novel written by Clorinda Matto de Turner Peru, , well known by then for her novels, Aves sin nido and Indole , which take place in rural Andean Peru. An experienced writer of essays, historical fiction and biographies, Clorinda Matto had a sociologist's sharply observant eye, but by , when she published Herencia, Clorinda Matto's days as an aggressive journalist in Lima were numbered.
Only a few months later, she fled into exile in Argentina and never returned to Peru. In the aftermath of the disastrous War of the Pacific , Peru's ruling classes struggled to regain and retain their social and political power, but they were challenged by many new circumstances. A flood of modern ideas and commercial products, as well as new immigrants, forced changes, and Lima evolved rapidly, despite resistance.
In a world of new department stores, economic possibilities, trains, sewing machines and modern mores, Matto's women characters struggle to define their lives as they succeed or fail in this society in flux. Matto was fascinated by the new sciences of eugenics and evolution, and the central issues of the novel are related to unresolved debates about the relative importance of Nature genes, biological inheritance vs.
Nurture education, environment. Considered shocking and even pornographic at the time, because of its depiction of women's sexuality, Herencia remains a vivid analysis of upper, bourgeois, and lower class women's lives in Lima at a time of unprecedented dramatic social changes. This novel, extensively annotated, with an introduction and bibliography by Mary G. Mary G.
Herencia: Novela peruana
Clorinda Matto de Turner 11 September in Cusco — 25 October was a Peruvian writer who lived during the early years of Latin American independence. Her own independence inspired women throughout the region as her writings sparked controversy in her own culture. She was born and raised in Cuzco , Peru. When her mother died, she became known as Azucena de los Andes "Lily of the Andes" throughout the region.
Herencia : Novela Peruana (Classic Reprint)
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