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Affect, Gender and Sexuality in Latin AmericaSpiritism as Artistic, Affective, and Feminist Agency: The Case of the Morla Sisters in Chile

Affect, Gender and Sexuality in Latin America: Spiritism as Artistic, Affective, and Feminist... [Spiritism, a philosophical-religious practice developed by the French educator Allan Kardec in the mid-nineteenth century, was adopted and widely practiced by the feminine elite of Chile. These women—the majority being artists, poets, and writers—came together around this practice, building a network that was not only artistic and intellectual, but also affective. In this chapter I will contextualize these practices through texts, published biographies and fiction that recollect the life and community surrounding these well-known Spiritists, the Morla sisters. I read Spiritism as a practice linked to the arts and intellectual thought and as a mean to stand against patriarch order. The historical context brings a flux with the study of literature, history, science, spirituality, and the birth of psychoanalysis with alliances that built a feminist Avant-garde.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

Affect, Gender and Sexuality in Latin AmericaSpiritism as Artistic, Affective, and Feminist Agency: The Case of the Morla Sisters in Chile

Part of the Gender, Development and Social Change Book Series
Editors: Macón, Cecilia; Solana, Mariela; Vacarezza, Nayla Luz

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Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright
© The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2021
ISBN
978-3-030-59368-1
Pages
151 –177
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-59369-8_8
Publisher site
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Abstract

[Spiritism, a philosophical-religious practice developed by the French educator Allan Kardec in the mid-nineteenth century, was adopted and widely practiced by the feminine elite of Chile. These women—the majority being artists, poets, and writers—came together around this practice, building a network that was not only artistic and intellectual, but also affective. In this chapter I will contextualize these practices through texts, published biographies and fiction that recollect the life and community surrounding these well-known Spiritists, the Morla sisters. I read Spiritism as a practice linked to the arts and intellectual thought and as a mean to stand against patriarch order. The historical context brings a flux with the study of literature, history, science, spirituality, and the birth of psychoanalysis with alliances that built a feminist Avant-garde.]

Published: Feb 23, 2021

Keywords: Spiritism; Morla sisters; Chilean feminine elite; Affective communities; Feminist agency

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