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Combining assiduous attention to biography and bibliography with original literary criticism oriented toward feminist theory, this volume profiles and analyzes fifty significant women writers of Spain—some celebrated and some overlooked—from the fourteenth century to the present. The work includes poets, fiction writers, dramatists, and essayists. Lives and works are examined with reference to complex issues surrounding gender, creativity, and social mores. Partly informed by findings of the fifty contributing scholars, Levine and Marson have also provided a volume introduction interpreting herstory in terms of Spanish culture, likening the struggle for identity and artistic expression in an engendered world to balancing on a tightrope. Extensive bibliographies for each writer document original works, modern editions and translations, and criticism; and a general bibliography selects valuable sources pertaining to Spanish women writers and gender-related topics.

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The editors have compiled 50 essays written by established Hispanists on six centuries of women writers in Spain. The format of each entry is fixed (biography, major themes, survey of criticism, and bibliography of works by and about each writer), with the length averaging several pages. Well-known authors (e.g., Carmen Laforet, Emilia Pardo Bazn, Teresa de Jess) appear with the lesser-known (e.g., Mara de Zayas, Concepcin Gimeno, Merce Rodoreda), and Catalonia is well represented. The introduction to the work is essential to understanding the feminist critical approach that informs the essays, making the important point that subterfuge and camouflage were devices necessarily and commonly employed by women writers in order to succeed in creating and publishing in the dominant male culture. Similar to the more encyclopedic Women Writers of Spain: An Annotated Bio-Bibliographical Guide (Greenwood, 1986), this quality work is recommended primarily for graduate and research collections.-Charles E. Perry, East Central Univ., Ada, Okla.
Combining biography, bibliography, and original literary criticism oriented toward feminist theory, this volume profiles and analyzes 50 significant women writers of Spain--poets, fiction writers, dramatists, and essayists--from the 14th century to the present. Extensive bibliographies for each writer document original works, modern editions and translations, and criticism; a general bibliography selects valuable sources pertaining to Spanish women writers and gender-related topics. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313268236
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/30/1993
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 634
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.38 (d)

Meet the Author

LINDA GOULD LEVINE is Professor of Spanish at Montclair State College, New Jersey, where she also teaches Women's Studies.

ELLEN ENGELSON MARSON is Associate Professor of Spanish at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY.

GLORIA FEIMAN WALDMAN is Chair of the Foreign Languages Department and Professor of Spanish at York College, CUNY, where she also teaches Women's Studies and Latin American Studies.

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments

Introduction: View From a Tightrope: Six Centuries of Spanish Women Writers by Linda Gould Levine and Ellen Engelson Marson

Rosario de Acuna by Maria del Carmen Simon Palmer

Caterina Albert i Paradis ("Victor Catala") by Teresa M. Vilaros

Concha Alos by Ada Ortuzar-Young

Josefa Amar y Borbon by Constance A. Sullivan

Concepcion Arenal by Estelle Irizarry

Maria Victoria Atencia by Sharon Keefe Ugalde

Fernan Caballero (Cecilia Bohl de Faber y Larrea) by Martha J. Manier

Maria Aurelia Capmany by Barbara Dale May

Ana Caro Mallen de Soto by Amy Kaminsky

Teresa de Cartagena by Ronald E. Surtz

Rosalia de Castro by Kathleen N. March

Carolina Coronado by Susan Kirkpatrick

Leonor de la Cueva y Silva by Teresa S. Soufas

Rosa Chacel by Shirley Mangini

Ernestina de Champourcin by Joy B. Landeira

Carmen de Burgos ("Colombine") by Elizabeth Starcevic

Ana Diosdado by Phyllis Zatlin

Lidia Falcon O'Neill by Gloria Feiman Waldman

Angela Figuera Aymerich by John C. Wilcox

Gloria Fuertes by Ellen Engelson Marson

Adelaida Garcia Morales by Yvonne Jehenson

Concepcion Gimeno de Flaquer by Maryellen Bieder

Clara Janes by Anne M. Pasero

Carmen Laforet by Roberta Johnson

Maria Teresa Leon by Beth Wietelmann Bauer

Leonor Lopez de Cordova by Theresa Ann Sears

Marcela de San Felix (Sor Marcela) by Electa Arenal

Maria de San Jose (Maria de Salazar) by Stacey Schlau

Carmen Martin Gaite by Joan Lipman Brown

Maria Martinez Sierra ("Gregorio Martinez Sierra") by Alda Blanco

Ana Maria Matute by Maria Carmen Riddel

Julia Maura by Patricia W. O'Connor

Marina Mayoral by Concha Alborg

Ana Maria Moix by Linda GouldLevine

Rosa Montero by Kathleen M. Glenn

Margarita Nelken y Mausberger by Eleanore Maxwell Dial

Teresa Pagamies by Janet Perez

Emilia Pardo Bazan by Ruth El Saffar

Paloma Pedrero by Iride Lamartina-Lens

Soledad Puertolas by Mary Jane Treacy

Carme Riera by Margery Resnick

Mercage Rodoreda by Nancy Vosburg

Montserrat Roig by Geraldine Cleary Nichols

Concha Romero by John P. Gabriele

Ana Rossetti by Nancy L. Bundy

Faustina Saez de Melgar by Cristina Emriquez de Dalamanca

Maria del Pilar Sinues de Marco by Catherine Jagoe

Teresa de Jesus by Alison Weber

Esther Tusquets by Mirella Servodidio

Maria de Zayas y Sotomayor by Marcia L. Welles and Mary S. Gossy

Selected Bibliography

Appendix I: List of Authors by Date of Birth

Appendix II: Works Available in English Translation

Title Index

Subject Index

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