A New History of Iberian Feminisms

Edited by Silvia Bermúdez and Roberta Johnson

© 2018

A New History of Iberian Feminisms is both a chronological history and an analytical discussion of feminist thought in the Iberian Peninsula, including Portugal, and the territories of Spain – the Basque Provinces, Catalonia, and Galicia – from the eighteenth century to the present day.

The Iberian Peninsula encompasses a dynamic and fraught history of feminism that had to contend with entrenched tradition and a dominant Catholic Church. Editors Silvia Bermúdez and Roberta Johnson and their contributors reveal the long and historical struggles of women living within various parts of the Iberian Peninsula to achieve full citizenship. A New History of Iberian Feminisms comprises a great deal of new scholarship, including nineteenth-century essays written by women on the topic of equality. By addressing these lost texts of feminist thought, Bermúdez, Johnson, and their contributors reveal that female equality, considered a dormant topic in the early nineteenth century, was very much part of the political conversation, and helped to launch the new feminist wave in the second half of the century.

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A New History of Iberian Feminisms is both a chronological history and an analytical discussion of feminist thought in the Iberian Peninsula, including Portugal, territories of Span, and the Basque Provinces, Catalonia, and Galicia, from the eighteenth century to the present day.

A New History of Iberian Feminisms

Edited by Silvia Bermúdez and Roberta Johnson

© 2018

A New History of Iberian Feminisms is both a chronological history and an analytical discussion of feminist thought in the Iberian Peninsula, including Portugal, and the territories of Spain – the Basque Provinces, Catalonia, and Galicia – from the eighteenth century to the present day.

The Iberian Peninsula encompasses a dynamic and fraught history of feminism that had to contend with entrenched tradition and a dominant Catholic Church. Editors Silvia Bermúdez and Roberta Johnson and their contributors reveal the long and historical struggles of women living within various parts of the Iberian Peninsula to achieve full citizenship. A New History of Iberian Feminisms comprises a great deal of new scholarship, including nineteenth-century essays written by women on the topic of equality. By addressing these lost texts of feminist thought, Bermúdez, Johnson, and their contributors reveal that female equality, considered a dormant topic in the early nineteenth century, was very much part of the political conversation, and helped to launch the new feminist wave in the second half of the century.

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Product Details

  • Series: Toronto Iberic
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 544 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
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    "A New History of Iberian Feminisms – the most comprehensive anthology of Iberian feminisms to date – revises our way of thinking about feminist cultural history within recent (re)formulations of Iberian studies. Forging connections across different historical periods, geopolitical areas, languages, and discursive forms, the contributors to the volume shed new light on the complexity of feminist thinking and activism in the Iberian Peninsula in a historically grounded fashion. The narrative that emerges from this diverse network of feminist voices is as nuanced as it is compelling. This foundational work should be required reading for all scholars and students of Iberian literary, cultural, and gender studies."


    Akiko Tsuchiya, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Author Information

    Silvia Bermúdez is a professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of California, Santa Barbara.


    Roberta Johnson is professor emerita of Spanish at the University of Kansas and adjunct professor of Spanish at the University of Kansas.
  • Table of contents

    Acknowledgements
    Abbreviations
    Introduction
    Chapter Outline

    Part I. Iberian Feminism in the Age of Enlightenment
    1. Situating Women in the Society of the Old Regime: The Other Spanish Enlightenment (María Victoria López-Cordón)
    2. New Inflections of a Long Polemic: The Debate between the Sexes in Enlightenment Spain (Mónica Bolufer)
    3. Women and "Civic Motherhood" (Elizabeth Franklin Lewis)
    4. From the Traps of Love and the Yoke of Marriage to the Ideal of Friendship: Women Writers in the Eighteenth Century (Catherine M. Jaffe)
    5. "Feminism" in Portugal before 1800 (Vanda Anastácio)
    6. The Basque Enlightenment: New Visions of Gender in the Crises of the Old Regime (Bakarne Altonaga) 

    Part II. The Long Nineteenth Century (1808-1920)
    7. Historical Background: From Wars and Revolution to  Constitutional Monarchy: Spain's Sporadic Path to Modernity, 1808-1919 (Maryellen Bieder)
    8. Historical Context of Feminism and Women's Rights in  Nineteenth-Century Portugal (João Esteves)
    9. A Feminist Press Gains Ground in Spain, 1822-1866 (Christine Arkinstall)
    10. Women Authors in the Romantic Tradition (1841-1884) and Early Feminist Thought (1861-1893) (Maryellen Bieder)
    11. Forging a Nation for the Female Sex: Equality, Natural Law, and Citizenship in Spanish Feminist Essays, 1883-1920 (Christine Arkinstall)
    12. First-Wave Feminisms, 1880-1919 (Maryellen Bieder)
    13. Crossing Centuries, Crossing Words, 1804-1920: Women, Basque Society, and the Struggle for the Public Sphere (Amaia Alvarez Uria, Josune Muñoz, Iratxe  Retolaza)
    14. Redefining the Cultural Periphery from Women's Trans-Atlantic Network: Spanish and Latin American Women of Letters in the Nineteenth Century (Pura Fernández)

    Part III. The Iberian Feminist Movements Gain Strength Under Republics 1910-1939
    15. Historical Context in Portugal (Deborah Madden) 16. Feminist Thought in Portugal 1900-1926 (Deborah Madden)
    17. Historical Background in Spain (Roberta Johnson and Olga Castro).
    18. First Wave Spanish Feminism Takes Flight in Castilian-, Catalan-, and Galician-speaking Spain (Roberta Johnson and Olga Castro)
    19. Basque Feminist Trajectories in the 1930s: New Women between Change and Continuity (Miren Llona)

    Part IV. The Dictatorships of António de Oliveira Salazar (1926-1974) and Francisco Franco (1939-1975)
    20. Historical Overview of Portugal (João Esteves) and Spain (Roberta Johnson)
    21. Portuguese Feminist Writing during the Estado Novo (Fátima Mariano)
    22. Spanish Feminist Writing during the Franco Regime (1939-1975) (Roberta Johnson)
    23. Galician Women under Franco: Resistance, Clandestine Politics, and Poetry as Gendered Symbolic Capital (Silvia Bermúdez)
    24. The Resurgence of Feminism in Catalonia (1970-1975) (Mary Nash)
    25. Basque Women who Resisted: A Feminist Rereading of the Franco Period (Jone M. Hernández García, María Ruiz Torrado, and Iratxe Retolaza) 

    Part V. A New Beginning: The Transition to Democracy and Iberian Second Wave Feminism (1974/1975-1994/1996)
    26. Historical Overview (Ana Paula Ferreira, Silvia Bermúdez, and Asunción Bernárdez Rodal)
    27. Feminisms in Post-dictatorial Portugal (1972-1996) (Ana Paula Ferreira)
    28. Equality and Difference Feminisms in the Castilian and Catalan Areas of Spain (Roberta Johnson)
    29. Women above All: The Autonomous Basque Feminist Movement (1973- 1994) (Nerea Aresti and Maialen Aranguren)
    30. Galician Feminism in the Democratic Era (Maria do Cebreiro Rábade Villar)

    Part VI. Iberian Feminisms' Diversity (1996-Present)
    31. Historical Overview of Spain and Portugal (Silvia Bermúdez, Asunción Bernárdez Rodal, and Ana Paula Ferreira)
    32. The Spanish Equality/Difference Debate Continues (Roberta Johnson)
    33. Catalan Feminisms from 1996 to the Present (Ma. Ángeles Cabré)
    34. Galician Feminisms Post-1996 (Maria do Cebreiro Rábade Villar)
    35. Multifaceted Feminism: Promoting Diversity in the Twenty-First Century Basque Country (Jone M. Hernández Garcia)
    36. Bodies and Feminist Politics in Basque Society (Mari Luz Esteban)

    Epilogue. Some Remarks on Gender Indifference and the Eulogy from the Margins (Fina Birulés).
    Notes
    Contributors
    Works Cited
    Index