Review by Choice Review
This collective biography looks both at the relatively narrow topic of Spanish female writers and the broader one of feminist literature. Combining biography and bibliography permits the editors to go beyond a mere listing of titles and provide brief critical biographies for each author. The choice of 50 authors was imposed on the editors, and their explanation of their selection is convoluted, but all the authors are established and relatively well known in the English-speaking world. The contributors are all scholars in Hispanic studies, as the depth and perceptiveness of the biographies attest. To facilitate use by students or other readers, entries are in standard format, each having a succinct biography, "Major Themes," "Survey of Criticism," and a brief bibliography. There are title and subject indexes and useful appendixes (e.g., "Works Available in English Translation"). Although the book will interest many academic and public libraries, the price for a useful but nonessential work will limit purchase to research libraries. D. R. Brown; DePaul University
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Review by Library Journal Review
The editors have compiled 50 essays written by established Hispanists on six centuries of women writers in Spain. The format of each entry is fixed (biography, major themes, survey of criticism, and bibliography of works by and about each writer), with the length averaging several pages. Well-known authors (e.g., Carmen Laforet, Emilia Pardo Bazán, Teresa de Jesús) appear with the lesser-known (e.g., María de Zayas, Concepción Gimeno, Merce Rodoreda), and Catalonia is well represented. The introduction to the work is essential to understanding the feminist critical approach that informs the essays, making the important point that subterfuge and camouflage were devices necessarily and commonly employed by women writers in order to succeed in creating and publishing in the dominant male culture. Similar to the more encyclopedic Women Writers of Spain: An Annotated Bio-Bibliographical Guide (Greenwood, 1986), this quality work is recommended primarily for graduate and research collections.-Charles E. Perry, East Central Univ., Ada, Okla. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.