This collection of essays confirms Carmen de Burgos’s pivotal place in Spanish feminist history by bringing together eminent international scholars who offer new readings of Burgos’s work. It includes the analyses of a number of lesser-known texts, both fictional and non-fictional, which give us a more comprehensive examination of Burgos’s multipronge feminist approach. Burgos’s works, especially her essays, are essential feminist reading and complement other European and North American traditions. Gaining familiarity with the breadth and depth of her work serves not only to provide an understanding of Spanish firstwave feminism, but also enriches our appreciation of cultural studies, gender studies, subaltern studies and travel literature. Looking at the entirety of her life and work, and the wide-ranging contributions in this volume, it is evident that Burgos embodied the tensions between tradition and modernity, depicting multiple representations of womanhood. Encouraging women to take ownership of their personal fashion, the design of their homes and the decorum of their families were steps towards recognizing a female population that was cognizant of its own desires.
Table of Contents
Editors’ Introduction: Carmen de Burgos revisited
Carmen de Burgos: A Spanish Feminist – Lost and Found
The Carmen de Burgos Enigma: Marriage, Separation, and Public Activism
Carmen de Burgos’s Place in a Genealogy of Spanish Feminist Thought
Face to Face with Carmen de Burgos: the Influence of Nineteenth-century Writers
Ana I. Simón Alegre
Carmen de Burgos and her Virtual Dialogues with Pío Baroja and Miguel de Unamuno
Of Feminism and Fringe: Carmen de Burgos’s La melena de la discordia
Putting the Brake on Matilde: The Woman Traveller in Carmen de Burgos’s El perseguidor
In Search of Feminist Happiness: Burgos’s La entrometida
Homosexual and Virile Women in Ellos y ellas and Quiero vivir mi vida
Carmen de Burgos Speaking for Women
Bringing the escuela to the despensa: Regenerationist Politics in Burgos’s Cookbooks Rebecca Ingram
La perfecta casada: Carmen de Burgos’s New Feminine Feminist Perfection
Michelle M. Sharp
Anja Louis is Associate Professor in Cultural and Intercultural Studies at Sheffield Hallam University, UK, where she is a member of the Cultural, Communication and Computing Research Institute.
Michelle M. Sharp is visiting Assistant Professor in Hispanic Studies at Macalester College (Saint Paul, MN).