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Recovering Spain's Feminist Tradition

Editor(s): Lisa Vollendorf

Pages: xii & 407 pp.
Published: 2001
ISBN: 9780873522731

"This balanced, coherent collection of essays makes an important contribution to Hispanic studies as well as to feminist scholarship."
Susan Kirkpatrick, author of Las Románticas: Women Writers and Subjectivity in Spain, 1835–1850

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Feminist scholarship has entered an age of internationalism during the past two decades, as is evident in the wider range of cultural and national traditions now included in historical and literary studies. Yet, as Lisa Vollendorf points out in her introduction to this volume, "Spain is one of the countries that remain on the margins of the debate. Despite a growing number of feminists in all regions of Spain, Spanish women do not appear either as authors or subjects in anthologies of feminist thinking and criticism published in English."

Hoping to redress this neglect, the editor of Recovering Spain's Feminist Tradition has gathered nineteen completely new essays on women writers who either call themselves feminist or deal with feminist issues in their work. Hailing from the medieval period to the present and representing a broad range of genres and topics, these women--court writers, nuns, housewives, journalists, politicians--trace the historical roots of Spain's feminist consciousness and emphasize its rich intellectual traditions. The contributions provide a balance between writers well known in Spain and those who have only recently received critical attention--from Santa Teresa de Jesús and María de Zayas to Emilia Pardo Bazán and Montserrat Roig. The last three essays in the volume focus on Spain's "double minorities": Catalan women writers.

This fascinating and insightful collection merits a place in the libraries of students and scholars of world literature, Spanish history, and women's studies.

Table of Contents

Recovering Spain's Feminist Tradition
Table of Contents

MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN PERIODS (Fifteenth through Seventeenth Century)

The Critics and Florencia Pinar: The Problem with Assigning Feminism to a Medieval Court Poet
Barbara F. Weissberger

Feminist Attitudes and Expression in Golden Age Spain: From Teresa de Jesús to María de Guevara
María Isabel Barbeito Carneiro

The Partial Feminism of Ana de San Bartolomé
Alison Weber

Juana and Her Sisters: Female Sexuality and Spirituality in Early Modern Spain and the New World
Anne J. Cruz

"No Doubt It Will Amaze You": María de Zayas's Early Modern Feminism
Lisa Vollendorf


Playing with Saint Isabel: Drama from the Pen of an Unknown Adolescent
Teresa S. Soufas, with Dixon Abreu, Laura Barbas, Isabel Crespo, Angeles Farmer, Daniela Flesler, Shani Moser, Roberto Ortiz, Marcie Rinka, Christina Sisk, Paulina Vaca, Juping Wang, and Nancy Whitlock

Constructing Her Own Tradition: Ideological Selectivity in Josefa Amar y Borbón's Representation of Female Models
Constance A. Sullivan

Becoming "Angelic": María Pilar Sinués and the Woman Question
María Cristina Urruela

Rosalía de Castro: Cultural Isolation in a Colonial Context
Catherine Davies

Concepción Arenal and the Nineteenth-Century Spanish Debates about Women's Sphere and Education
Lou Charnon-Deutsch

"My Distinguished Friend and Colleague Tula": Emilia Pardo Bazán and Literary-Feminist Politics
Joyce Tolliver


Carmen de Burgos: Modern Spanish Woman
Maryellen Bieder

The Tapestry of a Feminist Life: María Teresa León (1903–88)
Nancy Vosburg

Margarita Nelken: Feminist and Political Praxis during the Spanish Civil War
Josebe Martínez-Gutiérrez

Feminism and Anarchism: Remembering the Role of Mujeres Libres in the Spanish Civil War
María Asunción Gómez

Vindicación Feminista and the Feminist Community in Post-Franco Spain
Margaret E. W. Jones

Montserrat Roig: Women, Genealogy, and Mother Tongue
Christina Dupláa

Maria-Mercé Marçal: The Passion and Poetry of Feminism
Joana Sabadell

Voice, Marginality, and Seduction in the Short Fiction of Carme Riera
Kathleen M. Glenn

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