Contemporary Galician Women Writers

Catherine Barbour

Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures 39

Legenda

28 September 2020  •  146pp

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Galician literature has historically played an integral role in the consolidation of Galician identity. Yet female novelists writing in Galician have only managed to achieve visibility in the Galician cultural sphere as recently as the turn of the twenty-first century; their contemporaries who opt to write in Spanish, moreover, are generally overlooked. This foundational study of contemporary narrative by Galician women in both languages examines the work of writers with disparate and often conflicting political and linguistic ideologies: Teresa Moure (b. 1969), Luisa Castro (b. 1966) and Marta Rivera de la Cruz (b. 1970). Catherine Barbour argues that the diverse manifestations of Galician identity in their novels, which defy institutional parameters in terms of language, politics and gender, suggest the need for a more porous understanding of Galician literature and identity that reflects the plurality of the Galician experience.

Catherine Barbour is Lecturer in Spanish at the University of Surrey.

Reviews:

  • ‘Contemporary Galician Women Writers is an engaging and informative study of Galician literature and identity and, especially, a valuable contribution to the scholarship on Galician narrative fiction by women.’ — Silvia Oliveira, Hispania 105.2, June 2022, 303-04 (full text online)
  • ‘A valuable contribution that presents a thorough picture of the Galician cultural landscape; at the same time, it stresses the need for academia to enquire beyond the national understanding of literary systems.’ — Lucia Cernadas, Bulletin of Spanish Studies 94.2, 2022, 379-80 (full text online)
  • ‘Presents a compelling, well-written textual analysis of six novels that adds substantially to our knowledge about three commercially successful writers who, except for Moure (the Galician-language writer), are yet to receive sustained attention. The book convincingly shows that much is learnt about the literary representation of Galician identities when the works under study are by authors who are located outside Galician national literature. The book will be of interest to scholars working on Hispanic Peninsular, particularly Galician, Literary Studies, but it also has much to offer to other literary scholars, especially those working on women’s writing.’ — María Liñeira, Galicia 21 2023, 124-27

Contents:

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Introduction
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Chapter 1 Galician Literary History: Challenges and Accomplishments
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Chapter 2 Narrative By Women: New Directions
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Chapter 3 Teresa Moure
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59-78
Chapter 4 Luisa Castro
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Chapter 5 Marta Rivera De La Cruz
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105-108
Conclusions
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Bibliography
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Index
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Bibliography entry:

Barbour, Catherine, Contemporary Galician Women Writers, Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures, 39 (Legenda, 2020)

First footnote reference: 35 Catherine Barbour, Contemporary Galician Women Writers, Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures, 39 (Legenda, 2020), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Barbour, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

Barbour, Catherine. 2020. Contemporary Galician Women Writers, Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures, 39 (Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Barbour 2020: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Barbour 2020: 21.

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