Women and Nationhood in Restoration Spain 1874-1931
The State as Family

Rocío Rødtjer

Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures 34

Legenda

23 April 2019  •  188pp

ISBN: 978-1-781885-89-5 (hardback)  •  RRP £75, $99, €85

ISBN: 978-1-781885-90-1 (paperback, 2020)  •  RRP £9.99, $12.50, €12.50

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The narrative of civilization has always been told as a family story, from the patriarchal begetting of Genesis to the modern nationalist sagas of the founding fathers. It is a story in which men build the nation and women embody it. This enduring image of the nation as a nurturing mother grants women moral authority, yet reduces them to a procreational role.

Although often overshadowed by the Second Republic, the Spanish Restoration (1874–1931) is a foundational period for modern family narratives: it was a period in which women contributed to, but also transgressed, the trope of the mater patria and helped shape our collective imagination. The family sagas of such ideologically-disparate authors as Julia de Asensi y Laiglesia (1859–1921), Blanca de los Ríos Nostench (1859–1956) and Carmen de Burgos y Seguí (1867–1932) reveal a common disenfranchisement of women, but also a will for them to occupy a more central role in the stories we still tell today.

Reviews:

  • ‘This is a fine and important book that will hopefully convince those critics prone to discounting the contributions of conservative women writers (Asensi and de los Ríos) to make the effort to read them, keeping in mind Rødtjer’s suggestive arguments.’ — Alda Blanco, Bulletin of Spanish Studies 97.3, March 2020, 440-41

Contents:

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Women and Nationhood in Restoration Spain 1874-1931: Women and Nationhood in Restoration Spain 1874-1931
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Table of Contents
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ix-x
Acknowledgements
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Preface
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1-28
Chapter 1 the State As Family: Gender, Nationalism and the Family
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29-45
Chapter 2 Julia De Asensi: A Daughter of the Century
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46-57
Chapter 3 Alternative Lineages: ‘El Encubierto’ and the Myth of the Returning King
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58-73
Chapter 4 Blanca De Los Ríos: ‘More Than A Daughter, Wife, Niece’
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74-89
Chapter 5 Performing Pedigree in Melita Palma
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90-105
Chapter 6 Women and National Mythology in Madrid Goyesco
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106-119
Chapter 7 Carmen De Burgos: Talking With the Descendants
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120-131
Chapter 8 La Que Quiso Ser Maja: Creating A Female Legacy
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132-148
Chapter 9 Counterfeit Genealogies and Forged Patrimony in Los Anticuarios
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149-154
Epilogue: A Bone of Contention
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155-170
Bibliography
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171-174
Index
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Bibliography entry:

Rødtjer, Rocío, Women and Nationhood in Restoration Spain 1874-1931: The State as Family, Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures, 34 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2019)

First footnote reference: 35 Rocío Rødtjer, Women and Nationhood in Restoration Spain 1874-1931: The State as Family, Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures, 34 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2019), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Rødtjer, p. 47.

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Rødtjer, Rocío. 2019. Women and Nationhood in Restoration Spain 1874-1931: The State as Family, Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures, 34 (Cambridge: Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Rødtjer 2019: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Rødtjer 2019: 21.

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