The Novels of Josefina Aldecoa

September 2012
264 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Monografias A
ISBN: 9781855662445
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
Tamesis Books
BISAC LIT004280, LIT004290, LIT020000

The Novels of Josefina Aldecoa

Women, Society and Cultural Memory in Contemporary Spain

Nuala Kenny

The first comprehensive analysis of the novels of prominent contemporary Spanish writer and educator Josefina Aldecoa.
Josefina Aldecoa, in her treatment of themes such as a woman's place in society under and after dictatorship, mother-daughter relationships, war, and memory, confirmed her unique role as a contemporary novelist concerned with women's identity in Spain and as a writer of the mid-century generation ('los niños de la guerra'). The first volume of her trilogy, Historia de una maestra, was one of the earliest narratives of historical memory to be produced in Spain. In this sense, Aldecoa's work anticipated new developments in gender studies, such as the intersection of feminist concerns and cultural memory.
This book offers a comprehensive examination of Aldecoa's trajectory as a novelist, from La enredadera to Hermanas, centring on her primary preoccupations of gender and memory, arguing that Aldecoa's fiction offers a new, more complex understanding of women's identity than previously understood. The work combines the two dominating theoretical components of feminism and cultural memory with close textual analysis of Aldecoa's narratives. Her novels highlight the importance of the details of women's daily experiences and struggles throughout the twentieth century, a period of significant socio-political upheaval and change in Spain's history.

NUALA KENNY teaches Spanish at the National University of Maynooth, Ireland.

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Table of Contents

Women and Identity: La enredadera, La Casa Gris and Hermanas
Love and Relationships: Porque éramos jóvenes, El vergel, and El enigma
Memory and Civil War: Historia de una maestra, Mujeres de negro and La fuerza del destino


Kenny's study is most welcome ... her monograph's widening of the scope of current study on Aldecoa is commendable, and will be of interest to scholars in a wide range of subfields of contemporary Spanish cultural studies. BULLETIN OF SPANISH STUDIES

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