Spanish Women Writers and the Essay: Gender, Politics, and the Self (Hardcover)

Spanish Women Writers and the Essay: Gender, Politics, and the Self By Kathleen M. Glenn (Editor), Mercedes Mazquiarán de Rodríguez (Editor) Cover Image
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Never before has a book examined Spanish women and their mastery of the essay. In the groundbreaking collection Spanish Women Writers and the Essay, Kathleen M. Glenn and Mercedes Mazquiarán de Rodríguez help to rediscover the neglected genre, which has long been considered a "masculine" form. Taking a feminist perspective, the editors examine why Spanish women have been so drawn to the essay through the decades, from Concepción Arenal's nineteenth-century writings to the modern works of Rosa Montero.

Spanish women, historically denied a public voice, have discovered an outlet for their expression via the essay. As essayists, they are granted the authority to address subjects they personally deem important, discuss historical and sociopolitical issues, and denounce female subordination. This genre, which attracts a different audience than does the novel or poem, allows Spanish women writers to engage in a direct dialogue with their readers.

Featuring twelve critical investigations of influential female essayists, Spanish Women Writers and the Essay illustrates Spanish women writers' command of the genre, their incorporation of both the ideological and the aesthetic into one concise form, and their skillful use of various strategies for influencing their readers. This fascinating study, which provides English translations for all quotations, will appeal to anyone interested in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Spanish literature, comparative literature, feminist criticism, or women's studies.

About the Author

Kathleen M. Glenn is Professor of Spanish at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She is the author or editor of several books, including Azorín. Mercedes Mazquiarán de Rodríguez is Professor of Spanish at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.

Includes essays by: Estelle Irizarry, Maryellen Bieder, Michael Ugarte, Alda Blanco, Mary Lee Bretz, Shirley Mangini, Janet Pérez, Emilie L. Bergmann, Nancy Vosburg, Christina Dupláa, Mercedes Mazquiarán de Rodríguez, Elena Gascón Vera.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780826211774
ISBN-10: 0826211771
Publisher: University of Missouri
Publication Date: September 18th, 1998
Pages: 312
Language: English