Las Insometidas de la Ciudad de México: The Novel of Prostitution in Antonia Mora, Sara Sefchovich, and Cristina Rivera GarzaResearcher:
Dr. Carolyn González recently completed her dissertation Las Insometidas de la Ciudad de México: The Novel of Prostitution in Antonia Mora, Sara Sefchovich, and Cristina Rivera Garza. Her current book project, based on her dissertation, is centered on what she calls the Mexicana novel of prostitution, texts written by women that feature female protagonists who have been compelled to enter the profession of prostitution out of necessity for financial or personal reasons. Dr. González has found that Mexicana novels of prostitution are, in some ways, a continuation of the social and historical approach to prostitution established in the nineteenth century; however they also constitute a literary genre that dialogues and breaks with the male-authored literary discourses of the past. Dr. González is currently expanding her research on the novel of prostitution to include novels by Latina authors such as María Amparo Escandón, Reyna Grande and Cecile Pineda.