Kirsty Hooper's A Stranger in My Own Land: Sofia Casanova, a Spanish Writer PDF

By Kirsty Hooper

this can be the 1st in-depth research of the works of the Galician-Spanish expatriate author Sofia Casanova (1861-1958), a transnational poet, novelist, journalist, playwright, campaigner, translator, historian and highbrow, and one of many first Spanish girls to aid herself as a certified author. Casanova, born in Galicia in rural northwest Spain, married a Pole and spent over seventy years touring among Spain and Poland. A difficult author and philosopher who witnessed the 1st global warfare, the Russian Revolution and the increase of Franco at the start hand, moved within the optimum political and highbrow circles on either side of Europe and blazed a path as one in all Spain's first lady overseas correspondents, her striking achievements have been progressively sidelined at domestic in more and more reactionary Spain till, by the point of her dying, she was once remembered simply as a wonderfully patriotic spouse and mom and icon of Francoist femininity. This examine addresses the scandalous disappearance of Casanova and her lady contemporaries from bills of the emergence of the fashionable Spanish nation

Arguing that women's perceived silence in this severe interval within the formation of recent Iberian identities has major repercussions even this present day, it takes her works as a case research for modeling an intensive rethinking of ways we educate and examine the the most important years round the flip of the 20th century. the 1st examine of Casanova's radical and compelling, yet now forgotten, early narrative, it explores the Galician, Polish and Spanish context of her paintings, arguing that her transnational profession demonstrates the inadequacies of current types of nationwide literary heritage. even as, spotting Casanova's leading edge and strategic use of literary genres and methods generally denominated as 'feminine' (and accordingly excluded from discussions of 'serious' nationwide literature), it presents a version for re-evaluating the sizeable cultural shop of renowned and nostalgic literature as a key a part of the debates in regards to the transition to modernity, in Spain and beyond.

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