Juana Manuela Gorriti June 15, — November 6,  was an Argentine writer with extensive political and literary links to Bolivia and Peru. Juana Manuela Gorriti was born in Salta near the Bolivian border. She came from a wealthy upper-class family, and attended a convent school when she was eight. She was also the niece of the infamous guerrilla Jose Francisco "Pachi" Gorriti. Her family was liberal, and supported the Unitarians during a time when Juan Manuel de Rosas ran the country. Juan Manuel was a conservative who was in office from and , and used genocide to steal land from the indigenous people.
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Born in northern Argentina, Juana Manuela Gorriti —92 accompanied her family into political exile in Bolivia, where at age fifteen she married Manuel Isidoro Belzu, then an army captain, with whom she went on to bear three children.
Belzu left her nine years later, amid mutual accusations of infidelity. Gorriti took their children to Lima, where she embarked on her journalistic and literary career and became the hostess of a prominent intellectual salon and an advocate for the progress of women. Toward the end of her life, she resettled in Argentina, where she continued to pursue her public activities to considerable acclaim.
Among them was the remarkable Clorinda Matto de Turner, Peruvian writer and social reformer, who knew Gorriti from her time in Lima. Sign In or Create an Account. Advanced Search. User Tools.
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Lost Space: Juana Manuela Gorriti’s Postcolonial Geography
Best known for her fiction and memoirs, the Argentine writer Juana Manuela Gorriti spent her life traveling among Argentina, Bolivia, and Peru and writing about these places and times. She ran a girls' school and in published her first novel, La quena , set in colonial Peru and depicting conflicts among white, black, and indigenous races. During her years in Lima, Gorriti was renowned for her evening gatherings of the literary, artistic, and social elite. One volume of these proceedings was published as Veladas literarias de Lima —77 Gorriti's example inspired many of her Lima friends, including Mercedes Cabello de Carbonera and Clorinda Matto de Turner, to persevere in their writing of historical legends, stories, novels, essays, and poetry, often after reading them aloud at Gorriti's gatherings. In her own fiction, Gorriti wrote often of women characters who manage—sometimes—to escape from social constraints and expectations. Gorriti often set her stories in the Peruvian or Argentine countryside, during times of the early conquest or, more often, during the tumultuous years of the nineteenth century wars of independence and their aftermath.
Juana Manuela Gorriti
Gorriti, Juana Manuela (1816–1892)