30 Dec Fiction by Female Ecuadorian Authors
There were notable female Ecuadorian poets and essayists going back to the 19th century. However, it took much longer in Ecuador for women to be honored for their efforts as authors of narrative fiction. Elysa Ayala, born in 1879, for example, wrote short stories about the poor who lived on the coast, and her work was published in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Cuba, and even the United States and Spain, but it was overlooked until many years after her passing.
Ironically, today Ecuador’s most recognized author, nationally, is Alicia Yáñez Cossío. With her 1971 novel, Bruna and Her Sisters in the Sleeping City, Yáñez Cossío, who along with Eugenia Viteri with her short stories, became one of the first Ecuadorian authors in the 1970s to challenge the sexism and hypocritical puritanism of Latin American and Roman Catholic culture. Other well-regarded women in this period include Carmen Acevedo Vega, Fabiola Solis de King, Violeta Luna, as well as Luz Argentina Chiriboga and Aminta Buenaño, both much-honored for their articulation of the Afro-Ecuadorian experience, and from a woman’s perspective. There are samples of there work below, as well as newer voices such as Gabriela Alemán and María del Carman Garcés.
The first chapter from her novel, Drums Under My Skin.
The first chapter from her novel, The Devil’s Nose .
María del Carmen Garcés
The first chapter from her novel, Bruna and Her Sisters in the Sleeping City.
The short story, “The Mayor’s Wife.”
The short story, “The IWM 1000.”
Fire from the Andes: Short Fiction by Women from Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru, edited by by Susan E. Benner Kathy S. Leonard. University of New Mexico Press.
“Que cuenten las mujeres/Let the Women Speak: Translating Contemporary Female Ecuadorian Authors,” by Juanita Coleman, B.A., Ohio University, (PDF download).
“New voices: linguistic aspects of translation theory and application to the works of three Ecuadorian women writers,” by Susan Brenner, Phd, Iowa State University, (PDF download).