Woman of Her Word Hispanic Women Write Author:Evangelina Vigil The literature being produced by Hispanic women writers represents a source of human intelligence that is new to literary audiences. Removed from the mainstream of American literature and barely emerging on the Hispanic literary scene, their creativity exists autonomously. Their literary products offer unique portrayals of the human experience f... more »rom a woman's perspective. Through their work the writers affirm that, despite the double oppression that Latinas confront as women and as minorities in this country, their intellect and creativity flourish. It is often that conflict brought on by social alienation that works as a catalyst for creativity. The originality and unique literary contexts of the works featured in Woman of Her Word reflect the diversity of the Latin American cultures that the writers represent, including Mexican American, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Costa Rican, and Chilean, among others.
The most significant revelation in this anthology is the vibrant imagination, talent, and intelligence of Hispanic women writers, as unveiled through their works, and their apparent motivation to expand their personal world of human understanding. Clearly, as exemplified by the writers themselves, the role of the Latina that is being projected in this literature is one of action, assertiveness, and invention. In her modern role, she is a doer. She is an active participant in shaping her life and destiny. The vitality, passion, and positive determination of a woman who makes decisions instinctively, independently, and confidently are everywhere evident.« less