During the past ten years there has been a dramatic change in the situation of women writers in Latin America as well as in the interest the reading public has shown in their work worldwide. In the United States, much of this heightened interest coincided with the formation of women's studies programs in American universities, programs which have often challenged the prevailing notion of what is considered worthy of scholarly interest and analysis. Consequently, many works of literature written by women have gained new respect and attention.
This new-found status in women's literature has caused publishers to take note, dramatically increasing the number of works by Latin American women writers being published, not only in their own countries, but also in the United States and Britain, where novels and collections of short stories are appearing in the original Spanish as well as in English translation. Among these publishers are a number of important academic presses, which include the University of Nebraska Press, that has a Latin American Women Writers series, and the University of Texas, which publishes women's work in their Texas Pan-American series. Another important publisher of women's writing is the Latin American Literary Review Press, which specializes in the publishing of popular and scholarly books on Latin American subjects, most of them translations of important Latin American literary work. The Latin American Literary Review Press has recently published a number of both well-known and unknown women authors in their series titled Discoveries, among them, Jacqueline Balcells ( Chile), Julieta Campos, Angelina Mufiiz-Huberman, and Rosario Castellanos ( Mexico), and Carmen Naranjo and Rima de Vallbona ( Costa Rica). Smaller presses also active in this area include White Pine Press, with its Secret Weavers list directed by Marjorie Agosín, Curbstone Press, Westview Press, Cleis Press, and Aunt Lute, all of which have published a number of titles by Latin American women writers.
The large trade presses of New York have begun to follow suit, with several of them seeking out work by Chicana, Latina, and Latin American women writers. These publishers are most often interested in novel-length works, but will