Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Hispanic Studies


Rafael Montano


This thesis examines the feminist attitude in two of Alicia Yanez Cossio’s novels. The novels analyzed in this study are Bruna. soroche v los tfos and Yo vendo unos oios negros. In the novels, Yanez Cossio writes to expose injustices and oppression entrenched in contemporary Ecuadorian society, consumed by patriarchy.

In Bruna. soroche v los tios, the analysis examines the concept o f the Other within literary, historical and gender discourses. Each of these discourses exemplifies the marginalization of secondary class citizens and their struggle to free themselves from traditional social norms. The novel Yo vendo unos oios negros. demonstrates the evolution of the female consciousness within a capitalist society which uses all individuals as a commodity.

The female protagonists of both novels are used to exemplify the possibility of social change in the future. The novels represent the development of a women’s movement that seeks equality for both sexes.



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