Mercedes Valdivieso, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Mercedes Valdivieso

Chilean feminist writer

Date of Birth: 01-Mar-1924

Place of Birth: Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile

Date of Death: 03-Aug-1993

Profession: writer, feminist

Nationality: Chile

Zodiac Sign: Pisces

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About Mercedes Valdivieso

  • Mercedes Valdivieso (March 1, 1924 – August 3, 1993) was a Chilean writer, known since her earliest writings for the subversive nature of her texts.
  • She was born in Santiago, Chile.
  • She first wrote La Brecha (Breakthrough) in 1961, which is considered to be a landmark feminist Latin-American novel.
  • This novel caused dismay from the reactionary segment of society and loud applause from the critics and is considered a revolutionary departure from the traditional treatment of the feminine role in marriage.
  • Breakthrough is a novel that ends with the heroine's awareness that she didn't really need to depend upon a man in order to lead a fulfilling life.
  • The book enjoyed an unexpected publishing success and went through five consecutive editions.
  • Mercedes Valdivieso had the extreme audacity to become an innovator; she bridged the gap between romantic and domestic fiction in a society where women have been viewed as a sexless gender, icons of virtue, and depending on men to meet the necessities of life.
  • Valdivieso also was founder and director of Adan, a men's magazine, and Breakthrough, a feminist publication, she published articles in newspapers and magazines and she gave many lectures and speeches.
  • She taught literature at the University of Peking, at the University of Houston, at Stephen F.
  • Austin State University in Nacogdoches,at University of St.
  • Thomas in Houston and she was a Professor Emeritus at Rice University.

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