Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-viii

...The essays in this volume began as papers for a conference organized by the Spanish Studies Program of the Institute for European Studies, University of California, Berkeley. The editors thank the following funding organizations: at UC Berkeley, the Spanish Studies Program, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Dean of Arts and Humanities, and the Townsend Center for the Humanities; the Program for Cultural...

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Introduction: Women Writers in Twentieth-Century Spain by Emilie L. Bergmann

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pp. 1-14

...The fiction, poetry, and theater discussed in this volume bear witness to the continuities, ruptures, and paradoxes that characterize Spanish women’s writing throughout the twentieth century. This writing emerged amid dramatic political and cultural change, from the monarchy and dictatorship of the century’s first decades, to the brief period of...

Part I: Mirrors and Spaces of Narration: Women Writers on Their Work

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1. Mujer del espejo

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pp. 17-21

...Hace tiempo que no sé quién es la persona que habita al otro lado del espejo, me resulta una persona absolutamente desconocida, alguien a quien quizá vi por la calle o con quien crucé un par de frases no se sabe en qué lugar, puede que me suene de algo esa persona del otro lado del espejo, pero desde luego he olvidado su nombre, si es que lo supe...

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2. Como escribi Un million de luces

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pp. 22-26

...Siempre me he tropezado con un gran escollo a la hora de arrancar con una nueva novela, algo sin lo cual los personajes parece que floten sin rumbo y que los sucesos, la historia, podría corresponder tanto a esta novela como a cualquier otra. A ese algo difícil, a esa polilla, que va y viene sin dejarse atrapar, lo he llamado tono en muchas entrevistas, porque el tono es lo que da unidad y entidad a la narración y porque es selectivo, de forma que...

Part II: Performing Modernity: Gender and the Body Between the Wars

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3. Women Writing on Physical Culture in Pre-Civil War Catalonia

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pp. 29-45

...This essay arises out of a research project on the engagement of intellectuals with physical culture and sport in 1930s Spain. It focuses primarily on a number of women writers whose contributions to the liberal-progressive press in Catalonia during the first years of the Second Republic help us to a clearer understanding of female sports and social activism, and the pressures which variously shaped these women’s voices...

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4. Out of the Glass Niche and into the Swimming Pool: The Transformation of the "Sierena" Figure in the Poetry of Concha Mendez

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pp. 46-60

...that provides insight into the space, or lack thereof, that Concha Méndez occupies in Spanish literary history. Indeed, Concha Méndez’s poetry has been virtually buried, alongside that of her female contemporaries, in the forgotten annals of Spanish literature and denied the canonical legitimacy awarded to the male members of the poetic group...

Part III: Cultural Archives of Popular Fiction, Theater, and Film

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5. Romancing the Early Franco Regime: The "novelas romanticas" of Concha Linares-Becerra and Luisa-Maria Linares

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pp. 63-78

...two popular women writers of the early Franco regime, who—to my knowledge— had no political role, though it is clear from references to the Civil War in their texts that they had Nationalist sympathies. The two writers concerned— Concha Linares-Becerra and Luisa-María Linares—were related, but information on this point is contradictory...

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6. Desde la pared de vidiro hasta la otra orilla: El exilio de Maria Martinez Sierra

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pp. 79-92

...El exilio ha ocupado un importante espacio en el imaginario poético desde los estoicos, pero sólo desde hace unos quince o veinte años se ha reconocido como uno de los grandes fenómenos sociales y demográficos del siglo XX, resultado de las muchas guerras que han sistemáticamente desplazado a millones de seres humanos, y para Edward Said, que sufrió...

Part IV: Family, Gender, and Nation

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7. Reproduccion, familia y futuro: Cuatro denuncias en clave femenina

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pp. 95-107

...Desde hace un par de años me dedico a investigar la representación de la reproducción en la literatura española y en la catalana. La fecundidad es un tema candente en la España actual, como lo es en otros países europeos, a causa de los bajísimos índices de natalidad en la población autóctona. La inmigración complica la situación aún más, cambiando sensiblemente...

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8. Mothers and Daughters in Transition and Beyond

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pp. 108-118

...The maternal role, so commonly identified with gender norms for women, is such a culturally contested space, a notoriously “vexed” category, that it is no surprise that relationships between mothers and daughters are fraught with vexation, guilt, self-loathing, and the profoundest love of self and other. Whether or not she becomes a mother, a woman continues to be a daughter throughout her life, forming...

Part V: Writing and Historical Memory in the "Transcicion"

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9. Las narradoras y su insercion en la sociedad literaria de la transicion politica espanola (1975-1982)

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pp. 121-135

...Desde una perspectiva actual, con la distancia que permite el cuarto de siglo trascurrido, parece evidente que el inicio del período democrático en España trajo consigo una serie de realidades nuevas que configuraron un panorama socioliterario característico. El deseo de abrir una nueva era de libertades, con la paulatina desaparición de la censura, permitió que se intensificara la recuperación de buena parte de la narrativa...

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10. "La batalla de la educacion": Historical Memory in Josefina Aledecoa's Trilogy

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pp. 136-148

...On July 18, 1936, civil war erupted across Spain. Just as the course of the country’s history was forever altered on this date, so too were the lives of Spanish children who suddenly became “niños de la guerra.” Josefina Aldecoa, a member of this generation of wartime children, recounts that “en ese momento, en ese 18 de julio, sí que empieza para nosotros el recuerdo consciente e ininterrumpido...

Part VI: Echoes and Silences

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11. "El pais del alma" en las geografias literarias de Nuria Amat

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pp. 151-163

...Nuria Amat, escritora catalana de la generación nacida a mitad del siglo, responde al perfil raro de escritora bibliotecaria—raro en el sentido de poco corriente y difícil de encontrar. Amat es “escritora de escritores” y su atracción hacia las bibliotecas le ha permitido ensanchar incesante y temerariamente sus geografías y parentescos literarios...

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12. The Discourse of Silence in "Alcanfor" and "Te deix, amor, la mar com a penyora"

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pp. 164-172

...Contemporary Spanish literature abounds in narratives where silence has an important function. In the fiction of Cristina Fernández Cubas it has epistemological implications. Mercè Rodoreda and Maria Barbal employ a rhetoric of silence to call attention to the situation of women who are obliged to remain silent and suffer without protest. Olga Guirao resorts to narrative silence...

Contributors

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pp. 173-176