Review by Choice Review
Covering women authors who have written in Spain's minority languages--Catalan, Galician, and Basque--this guide reveals pluralistic dimensions of the Iberian peninsula culture, which has centralized its discourse and literature in the Spanish of Castile. To encourage rethinking the traditional canon and recognition of languages, literatures, and women writers that have been overlooked or ignored for political reasons, the editors and their network of 40 contributors have gathered and organized biographical, bibliographical, and critical information for nearly all the 472 writers identified. The chronological coverage begins with anonymous medieval poems, but most material is from the 19th and 20th centuries, including recent decades when these languages achieved legal status. The editors have embraced all creative writing, from the traditional genres to memoirs and children's stories, disregarding quantity of publishing as a criterion for inclusion. The list of available Spanish translations of the Catalan, Galician, and Basque texts is important; including this kind of material in college curricula can be revitalizing. Thorough and unique, this guide is essential for research collections; other libraries supporting the Spanish major will find it beneficial, although some needs will be met by an earlier guide for which McNerney edited the non-Castilian entries, Women Writers of Spain (CH, Oct'86). [Advice and specific language for this review contributed by Georgina J. Whittingham, Dept. of Modern Languages, SUNY College at Oswego.] M. H. Loe; SUNY College at Oswego
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