Spanish Women Writers and the Essay

Spanish Women Writers and the Essay

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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 MazquiarAin de RodrAsguez help to rediscover the neglected genre, which has long been considered a qmasculineq form. Taking a feminist perspective, the editors examine why Spanish women have been so drawn to the essay through the decades, from ConcepciA³n 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.Stylistically, Puertolasa#39;s The hidden life conforms to the pattern of the informal essay. ... For example, when she discusses aquot;The story-teller and immortalityaquot; (El contador de cuentos y la inmortalidad), she lays the groundwork for the ... Puertolas sees the short story as evolving from an oral tradition; as such, it is concise, anbsp;...

Title:Spanish Women Writers and the Essay
Author:Kathleen Mary Glenn, Mercedes Mazquiarán de Rodríguez
Publisher:University of Missouri Press - 1998


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