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Literary Sala Presents Tony Cohan and Cristina Ramírez

By Susan Page

San Miguel is favorite son Tony Cohan, author of the perennially popular On Mexican Time and other travel books and novels, will join Cristina Ramirez, speaking about the history of Mexican women journalists and activists. The event is part of the San Miguel Literary Sala’s popular monthly author presentations.

San Miguel Literary Sala
“Mexican Women Journalists and Activists,1875 to 1942”
By Cristina Ramírez
“Living and Writing in San Miguel”
By Tony Cohan
Thu, Jun 25, 5-7pm
Hotel Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15
100 pesos; 50 pesos for Literary Sala members
Complimentary Wine Reception


Cristina Ramírez

Professor of English and rhetoric at the University of Arizona, Ramírez will introduce her new book, Occupying Our Space: Mexican Women Journalists and Activists, 1875 to 1942. The book sheds new light on the rhetorical, political, and social contributions of Mexican women journalists and writers during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a period that is widely considered the zenith of Mexican journalism. However, their contributions to the broad historical changes are often excluded or overlooked.

Ramírez closely examines the writing of Laureana Wright de Kleinhans (1842-1896), Juana Belén Gutiérrez de Mendoza (1875-1942), the political group of Las mujeres de Zitácuaro (1900), Hermila Galindo (1896-1954), and others. Grounded in the overarching theoretical lens of “mestiza rhetoric,” this study considers the way that women journalists managed the challenges of changing identities and politics in Mexico. Her research reveals a forgotten—perhaps suppressed—facet of Mexican history. The term “mestiza rhetoric” has been used to identify a particular style that mestiza (mixed race women) journalists developed to incorporate both their European and their indigenous perspectives.

Tony Cohan

One of San Miguel’s best-known and beloved writers is Tony Cohan, whose romantic account of moving to San Miguel de Allende, On Mexican Time, published in 2000, convinced more than one family to follow in his footsteps and move here. Tony has had great success with subsequent travel books, including Mexican Days and Native State, and with novels such as Opium. Tony now lives in Guanajuato, but he is making a return appearance at the Literary Sala on June 25. His talk, “Living and Writing in San Miguel,” will engage everyone as he talks about the role this town played in over two decades of his work, beginning in 1985. He promises anecdotes concerning the writing and publication of On Mexican Time and Mexican Days, as well as other books. And he’ll give us a little bit of the literary history of San Miguel across these years: who was here and what was going on in the literary life of San Miguel before the present era. He’ll leave plenty of time for questions, so bring the ones you’ve always been burning to ask him.

Admission is 100 pesos, 50 pesos for Literary Sala members.


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