Culture and Gender in Nineteenth-Century Spain

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Culture and Gender in Nineteenth-Century Spain is a wide-ranging discussion of women's writing and representations of gender in Spanish literature and culture from the Romantic period to the fin de siecle. It is customary to regard gender roles and representation in nineteenth-century Spain as polarized and predictable. But in this volume, leading scholars from the UK and USA not only discuss the patriarchal emphasis of Spanish culture, but also demonstrate that this was a period in which the relations between men and women were being constantly negotiated, challenged, and redefined as part of an on-going transformation of political and national identities. Contributions look at women's writing and the representation of women in canonical texts, the construction of both femininity and masculinity, issues of race and region, and popular fiction, journalism, and the visual arts. All quotations are given in Spanish and in English translation.
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"...A cogent exploration of women's writing and wiews of gender in Spanish literature from the Romantic period to the heyday of naturalism...these essays are of uniformly high quality, and all include English translations of Spanish quotations."--Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198158868
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Series: Oxford Hispanic Studies Series
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 5.81 (w) x 8.81 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

State University of New York, Stony Brook

Birkbeck College, London University

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Table of Contents

List of Plates
Introduction: Ain't I a Fluctuating Identity? 1
1 Liberal Individualism and the Fear of the Feminine in Spanish Romantic Drama 8
2 Autobiography as Insult 27
3 'Poesia . . . eres tu', or the Construction of Becquer and the Sign of Woman 53
4 Fantasy, Seduction, and the Woman Reader: Rosalia de Castro's Novels 74
5 Gender and Language: The Womanly Woman and Manly Writing 98
6 Gender and National Identity: The Novel in Nineteenth-Century Spanish Literary History 120
7 Woman as Language in the First Series of Galdos's Episodios Nacionales 137
8 Monstrous Inversions: Decadence and Degeneration in Galdos's Angel Guerra 161
9 The Force of Parental Presence in La Regenta 182
10 Mothers' Voices and Medusas' Eyes: Clarin's Construction of Gender in Su unico hijo 199
11 The Gendered Gothic in Pardo Bazan's Los pazos de Ulloa 216
12 Gender and Journalism: Pardo Bazan's Nuevo Teatro Critico 230
13 Exoticism and the Politics of Difference in Late Nineteenth-Century Spanish Periodicals 250
Index 271
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