Aurora Bertrana

June 2016
365 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Monografias A
ISBN: 9781855663060
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
Tamesis Books
BISAC LIT004280, LIT004290, SOC032000

Aurora Bertrana

Innovación literaria y subversión de género

Silvia Roig

Ganador del Premio de Monografía Crítica Victoria Urbano 2015

Winner of the 2015 Premio de Monografía Crítica Victoria Urbano

Silvia Roig explores the narrative of Aurora Bertrana (1892-1974), an unknown writer today, but a successful and recognized female author in Catalonia and Spain during the 20th century. Aurora Bertrana's works are almost never mentioned in manuals of literature. Her rich, intellectual work has not received the attention it deserves, relegated almost to absolute oblivion. The author reviews and studies twenty-four of Bertrana's novels written in Catalan and Spanish, including: Ariatea (1960), "El pomell de les violes" (MS), L'inefable Philip (MS), La aldea sin hombres (mn.), La madrecita de los cerdos (MS), Entre dos silencis (1958), La ninfa d'argila (1959), Fracàs (1966) and La ciutat dels joves: reportatge fantasia (1971). She studies her work, published and unpublished, from a feminist approach, taking into account the intellectual history of Spain and Catalonia. Bertana's strong commitment to social issues reveals her association with the Modernist and Noucentists trends of her time. Bertrana's novels reveal a unique interest in non-Western cultures and lifestyles and her work undertakes controversial topics and socio-cultural issues, while she observes and draws special attention to the situation of women in different circumstances and cultural geographies. This book is therefore anchored on interpretive and theoretical parameters that intersect with consideration of gender, such as travel-and-gender and war-and-gender. Roig uses the work of feminists such as Simone De Beauvoir, Shulamith Firestone, Jelke Boesten, Margaret and Patrice Higonnet, Michelle Zimbalist Rosaldo and Julia Kristeva to help assess Bertrana's engagement with gender and socio-political issues. This approach is particularly well suited for a writer like Bertrana, a Catalan and Republican intellectual woman forced into self-exile during the Spanish Civil War and the dictatorship of Francisco Franco. Silvia Roig is a Faculty Member, BMCC Department of Modern Languages, The City University of New York.

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Table of Contents

Introducción - Silvia Roig
Obras viajeras: Polinesia y Marruecos - Silvia Roig
En torno a la II Guerra Mundial y la posguerra: Europa - Silvia Roig
Regreso a Cataluña - Silvia Roig
Obras de la intimidad en torno al "yo": Bildungsroman y memorías - Silvia Roig
Conclusiones - Silvia Roig
Bibliografía - Silvia Roig
Índice - Silvia Roig

Author Bio

Assistant Professor of Spanish Literature and Language, BMCC-CUNY, USA

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