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Crafting the Female Subject

Narrative Innovation in the Short Fiction of Emilia Pardo Bazán

Susan M. McKenna

Publication Year: 2011

Susan McKenna presents the innovative narratives of Emilia Pardo Bazán, Spain's preeminent nineteenth-century female writer, in Crafting the Female Subject.

Published by: The Catholic University of America Press

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. vii

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pp. ix-x

No work is ever completed in a vacuum and for this reason there are many to whom I am indebted for their time, expertise, and support, moral and other. Maryellen Bieder not only read evolving drafts of the manuscript and offered invaluable criticism, but has also exemplified what it truly...

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pp. 1-11

“What does it mean for a woman, reading as a woman, to read literature written by a woman, writing as a woman?”1 This nowclassic question posed by Patrocinio Schweickart embodies a number of problematic issues...

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1. Short-Story Theory and the ‘Cuento’ in Spain

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pp. 12-37

A considerable amount of literature has been published lately on the theory of the short story in general and the Hispanic short story in particular.1 Despite this recent proliferation of critical theory, one is hard-pressed to find a...

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2. Recalcitrant Endings and the Disruption of Form

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pp. 38-68

The story, as seen through the eyes of Eudora Welty, transcends the limitations of previous word application with each new writing/ reading. Words acquire new meanings and language assumes new functions each time...

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3. Alternative Endings and the Disruption of Closure

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pp. 69-98

The simultaneous preservation and disruption by the story’s closing words of the images and patterns of representation maintained throughout the text is another narrative strategy frequently employed in Pardo Bazán’s short stories. Similar to final recalcitrance in its involvement of the...

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4. Defiant Endings and the Disruption of Content

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pp. 99-123

Learning to read and write as a woman presupposes a disruption of conventional content and form. As I have argued throughout this book, the disruption and manipulation of the accepted mode of traditional discourse to...

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5. Narrative Beginnings and the Production of Difference

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pp. 124-160

Narrative beginnings and endings, as Peter Rabinowitz has so eloquently argued, hold “privileged positions” within a literary text, for they are places of special emphasis for both authors and readers. Readers instinctively concentrate their attention, he maintains, on the material conveyed...

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pp. 161-168

Because of its inherently self-conscious style, the short story has proven invaluable as a means for examining the distinct modes of disruptive reappropriation in Pardo Bazán’s texts. Using a variety of theoretical tools, each chapter in this work engaged in a unique reading practice that examined...

Works Cited

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pp. 169-177

Selected Bibliography

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pp. 178-180


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pp. 181-186

Publication Information

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E-ISBN-13: 9780813218885
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813216737

Page Count: 199
Publication Year: 2011