Culture and Gender in Nineteenth-Century Spain

Culture and Gender in Nineteenth-Century Spain

by Lou Charnon-Deutsch, Jo Labanyi
     
 

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… See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198158868
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/28/1996
Series:
Oxford Hispanic Studies Series
Pages:
308
Product dimensions:
5.81(w) x 8.81(h) x 0.84(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Plates
Contributors
Introduction: Ain't I a Fluctuating Identity?1
1Liberal Individualism and the Fear of the Feminine in Spanish Romantic Drama8
2Autobiography as Insult27
3'Poesia . . . eres tu', or the Construction of Becquer and the Sign of Woman53
4Fantasy, Seduction, and the Woman Reader: Rosalia de Castro's Novels74
5Gender and Language: The Womanly Woman and Manly Writing98
6Gender and National Identity: The Novel in Nineteenth-Century Spanish Literary History120
7Woman as Language in the First Series of Galdos's Episodios Nacionales137
8Monstrous Inversions: Decadence and Degeneration in Galdos's Angel Guerra161
9The Force of Parental Presence in La Regenta182
10Mothers' Voices and Medusas' Eyes: Clarin's Construction of Gender in Su unico hijo199
11The Gendered Gothic in Pardo Bazan's Los pazos de Ulloa216
12Gender and Journalism: Pardo Bazan's Nuevo Teatro Critico230
13Exoticism and the Politics of Difference in Late Nineteenth-Century Spanish Periodicals250
Index271

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