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The constitution of feminist discourse in Brazil and Argentina in the 70s

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Mariana Jafet Cestari
Total Authors: 1
Document type: Master's Dissertation
Institution: Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Instituto de Estudos da Linguagem
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Examining board members:
Lucilia Maria Sousa Romão; Angela Maria Carneiro Araujo
Advisor: Monica Graciela Zoppi Fontana

The emergence of the "second wave of feminism" in Brazil and Argentina in the beginning of the 70s, as part of the Latin American economic outlook, implied in the formation of the political subject feminist women related to the formation of a collective enunciation place of women and for women in discourse and in history. From the theoretical-methodological materialist Discourse Analysis, a comparative analysis of the constitution of the feminist discourse in both countries are useful to observe similarities and singularities of these discursive processes and the force relation with other discourses circulating in society at that time. Therefore the discursive corpus of the research is constituted by enunciations of written feminist texts (newspapers, pamphlets, meeting decisions and open letters) circulating in Brazil and Argentina in the 70s, standing out is the newspaper Nós Mulheres (1976-1978) and the magazine Persona (1974-1976). The description of discursive processes which imaginably represent social places and positions which behave as a space of identification, where women constitute/signify as feminists and as so, as a new political subject by active support in political e social struggles, undertaken by the movement, produces elements so that one can apprehend the constitution of this enunciation place. Questioning the border between public and private in the feminist discourse, expressed by the watchword "The private is political!" establishes the enunciation place of the political subject feminist women. Feminist movement and discourse were (and are) heterogeneous and produce different meanings in certain production conditions. Regularity of certain imaginary projections in the feminist discourse in Brazil and Argentina sustain the existence of a feminist discursive formation that works like a "self-dictionary" and a "source for meaning" of the feminine discourse where we find several subject positions (AU)

FAPESP's process: 08/08894-2 - The constitution of feminist discourse in Brazil and Argentina during the 70's and 80's
Grantee:Mariana Jafet Cestari
Support Opportunities: Scholarships in Brazil - Master