Thornton, Niamh Books

Dr. Niamh Thornton is Lecturer in Hispanic Studies and Film at the University of Ulster. Previously, she lectured at Waterford Institute of Technology, Dublin City University and University of Dublin, Trinity College. Her research specializations are women and the war story, representations of the Revolution and post-revolutionary conflict in Mexico, and Latin American writing and cinema.

Women and the War Story in Mexico
2006 0-7734-5869-7
This book explores how women are represented in novels written by women which have conflict as their central thematic concern. The Revolution was the zero hour of twentieth century Mexican national discourse. Even while the war was being fought, writers felt the need to engage with the mythologies of that discourse and write their own versions of events. From these early witness accounts there developed a genre which would evolve to challenge the all-pervasive imagining of the nation on an institutional level. As a result, the Revolution was a pivotal event for writers. Heretofore, in the main, critical studies have only examined writing by men, while women’s contribution to this genre has been marginalized and ignored. This book provides a unique insight into the many roles which women had in the Revolution and assesses the complex and varied styles employed by three significant, and in many ways controversial, Mexican authors: Elena Garro, Elena Poniatowska, and Ángeles Mastretta. This is an important book which makes a significant contribution to the international debates which examine women’s many roles in wartime.