"Let Me Speak!"
A review of Domitila Barrios De Chungara's experiences in her work "Let Me Speak!".
# 116691 | 1,588 words | 1 source | MLA | 2001 |
Published on Oct 18, 2009 in Literature (World) , History (Latin America) , Latin-American Studies (Race, Class, Gender Issues) , Latin-American Studies (Socialist/Marxist/Communist Movements)
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The paper examines the book, "Let Me Speak!", which is an autobiographical account of the experiences of Domitila Barrios De Chungara, a poor, Indian housewife and mother from the Siglo XX mines in Bolivia. The paper outlines Domitila's experiences and opinions on the Housewives' Committee of the Siglo XX Mine, her experiences growing up in poverty, the public school system, step parents, organized religion, male attitudes on female political participation, guerrillas, student activists, political parties, peasants, government repression, women's liberation and television.
From the Paper:"In her book, Domitila offers her experience in prison and the resultant death of her child as an example of the brutality she and other women have endured. Accusing her of acting as a guerrilla liaison, government agents jailed and interrogated her regardless of the fact that she was eight months pregnant (145). Angered that she refused to agree to the phony charges against her, she was beaten severely. When she bit her interrogator in an attempt to defend herself, they began to direct their threats at her unborn child (147). The mistreatment caused her to go into labor unaided in her cell, and when she regained consciousness, Domitila found her lifeless son on the floor."
Sample of Sources Used:
- De Chungara, Domitila and Moema Viezzer. Let Me Speak! Testimony of Domitila, A Woman of the Bolivian Mines. New York: Monthly Review Press, 1979.
Cite this Book Review:
"Let Me Speak!" (2009, October 18) Retrieved December 02, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/let-me-speak-116691/
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