A Stranger in My Own Land: Sofia Casanova, a Spanish Writer by Kirsty Hooper

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 not easy author and philosopher who witnessed the 1st global struggle, the Russian Revolution and the increase of Franco in the beginning hand, moved within the optimum political and highbrow circles on each side of Europe and blazed a path as one in every of Spain's first girl international correspondents, her impressive achievements have been steadily sidelined at domestic in more and more reactionary Spain till, by the point of her dying, she was once remembered in simple terms as a wonderfully patriotic spouse and mom and icon of Francoist femininity. This learn addresses the scandalous disappearance of Casanova and her girl contemporaries from bills of the emergence of the trendy Spanish nation

Arguing that women's perceived silence in this serious interval within the formation of contemporary Iberian identities has major repercussions even this present day, it takes her works as a case research for modeling a thorough rethinking of ways we train and learn the an important years round the flip of the 20 th century. the 1st learn 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 versions of nationwide literary background. even as, spotting Casanova's cutting edge and strategic use of literary genres and strategies frequently denominated as 'feminine' (and for that reason excluded from discussions of 'serious' nationwide literature), it presents a version for re-evaluating the huge cultural shop of well known 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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