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- DescriptionEmilia Pardo BazA n's place in Spanish and Galician literatures has been hard won, and she has yet to receive the recognition she deserves. In Genero, nacion y literatura: Emilia Pardo BazA n en la literatura gallega y espaA ola, Carmen Pereira-Muro studies the work and persona of this fascinating author in the context of Spanish and Galician competing nationalisms. She rereads the literary histories and national cans of Spain and Galicia as patriarchal master narratives that struggle to assimilate or silence Pardo BazA n's alternative national project.Pereira-Muro argues that Pardo BazA n posited the inclusion of women in the national culture as a key step in circumventing the representational logic behind Realism and Liberalism in the modern nation-state. By insisting that women should be equal partners, Pardo BazA n problematically adopted the patriarchal binarism that assigns women to Nature and men to Culture, but she also subverted it by denying its supplemental relationship. Her astute choice and manipulation of masculine cultural models (Realism, t Romanticism; prose, t poetry; Castilian language, t Galician) ultimately won her (despite fierce opposition) inclusion in the Spanish national can. Furthermore, the study of her thorny relations with emerging Galician nationalism shows that her exclusion from Galician literature was due largely to her transgressive gender performance. Finally, Pereira-Muro contends that in the author's last vel, Pardo BazA n experimented with creating a feminine writing and a feminine can for Spain. Nevertheless, the prevailing gender politics ensured that only her realist (masculine) production made it into the Spanish can, and t this last, modernist (feminine) writing.In conclusion, this book questions the naturalization of national cans by uncovering the gender politics behind what is cast as naturally determined by language and geography. Doing this also exposes the parallel gender strictures at work behind seemingly opposed central (Spanish) and peripheral (Galician) national projects.
- Author BiographyCarmen Pereira-Muro, Texas Tech University, has published on questions of gender and nationalism in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literatures, and on other topics related to Emilia Pardo BazA n and Galician literature. She is also the author of Culturas de EspaA a.
- Author(s)Carmen Pereira-Muro
- PublisherPurdue University Press
- Date of Publication15/12/2012
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitlePurdue Studies in Romance Literatures
- Series Part/Volume NumberNo. 56
- Place of PublicationWest Lafayette
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPurdue University Press
- Weight363 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine15 mm
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