Soldaderas in the Mexican Military Myth and History

ISBN-10: 0292776381

ISBN-13: 9780292776388

Edition: 1990

Authors: Elizabeth Salas

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"A historical account like this can be appreciated by scholars of all disciplines who are interested in providing a framework for the discussion of the patriarchal conception of 'woman.' It opens the door to the consideration of the history of women as one of resistance, assertiveness, and creativity." Hispanic American Historical Review Since pre-Columbian times, soldiering has been a traditional life experience for innumerable women in Mexico. Yet the many names given these women warriorsheroines, camp followers, Amazons, coronelas , soldadas , soldaderas , and Adelitasindicate their ambivalent position within Mexican society. In this original study, Elizabeth Salas explores the changing role of the soldadera , both in reality and as a cultural symbol, from pre-Columbian times up to the present day. Drawing on military archival data, anthropological studies, and oral history interviews, Salas first explores the real roles played by Mexican women in armed conflicts. She finds that most of the functions performed by women easily equate to those performed by revolutionaries and male soldiers in the quartermaster corps and regular ranks. She then turns her attention to the soldadera as a continuing symbol in Mexican and Chicano culture, examining the image of the soldadera in literature, corridos , art, music, and film. Challenging many traditional stereotypes, Salas finds that the fundamental realities of war link all Mexican women, regardless of time period, social class, or nom de guerre.
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 1990
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 1/1/1990
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 201
Size: 6.05" wide x 8.96" long x 0.51" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Elizabeth Salas is Asspciate Professor of Chicano studies at the University of Washington.

Preface
Introduction
Mesoamerican Origins
Servants, Traitors, and Heroines
Amazons and Wives
In the Thick of the Fray
We, the Women
Adelita Defeats Juana Gallo
Soldaderas in Aztlaacute;n
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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