Women's Narrative and Film in Twentieth-Century Spain

Ed. Ofelia Ferrán and Kathleen M. Glenn
This volume tracks the development of the feminine cultural tradition in Spain and shows how this tradition reshaped and defined Spanish national identity. Focusing on literature and film by Spanish women from the turn of the century to "Generation X," this collection of essays examines how concepts of gender and difference have shaped the individual, collective, and national identities of Spanish women. The contributors also examine mass media productions by women in Spain that significantly modified the meaning and representation of female sexuality, affected the representation of the female body, and prompted new attitudes toward feminism, nationalism, and gender relations.

A World of Difference(s): Women’s Narrative and Film in Twentieth-Century Spain
Ofelia Ferrán and Kathleen M. Glenn

Part I. Pre-Civil War Spain

  1. Contesting the Body: Gender, Language, and Sexuality
    The Modern Woman at the Turn of the Century
    Maryellen Bieder
  2. Solitude in the City: Víctor Català with Mercè Rodoreda
    Brad Epps
  3. Women Novelists of the Vanguard Era (1923–1952)
    Roberta Johnson

Part II. The Franco Era

  1. Fictions of Equality: Rethinking Melodrama and Neorealism in Ana Mariscal’s Segundo Lópezaventurero urbano
    Annabel Martín
  2. Resemanticizing Feminine Surrender: Cross-Gender Identifications in the Writings of Spanish Female Fascist Activists
    Jo Labanyi

Part III. The Transition to Democracy

  1. Screening Room: Spanish Women Filmmakers View the Transition
    Kathleen M. Vernon
  2. Drawing Difference: The Women Artists of Madriz and the Cultural Renovations of the 1980s
    Gema Pérez-Sánchez
  3. Remapping the Left in Camino sin retorno: Lidia Falcon’s Feminist Project
    Linda Gould Levine

Part IV. Democratic Spain

  1. Female Visions of Basque Terrorism: Ander eta Yul by Ana Díez and Yoyes by Helena Taberna
    María Pilar Rodríguez
  2. When Norma Met Mar: Thelma and Louise on the Costa Brava
    Emilie L. Bergmann
  3. Gender Difference and the Metafictional Gaze in Marina Mayoral’s Dar la vida y el alma
    Catherine G. Bellver
  4. “El florecimiento caprichoso de un jacarandá”: Writing and Reading the Palimpsest in Cristina Fernández Cubas’s “Lúnula y Violeta”
    Ofelia Ferrán

Part V. The End of a Century

  1. Let’s Talk about Sex?: From Almudena Grandes to Lucía Etxebarria, the Volatile Values of the Spanish Literary Market
    Silvia Bermúdez
  2. Gender, Sexuality, and the Literary Market in Spain at the End of the Millennium
    Akiko Tsuchiya
  3. A World of Difference in Home-Making: The Films of Icíar Bollaín
    Susan Martin-Márquez

The Practice of Restitutional Feminist Criticism
Teresa M. Vilarós