26021 - Spanish Women's Literature

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Gender equality

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

The student possesses in-depth knowledge of Spanish women's literature. He knows and is capable to use practical methodologies for the analysis and the interpretation of the literary text.

Course contents

Module 1 (Proff.ssa Nider)

The course aims to rediscover the figure of Emilia Pardo Bazán (1851-1921) through short stories, essays and journalistic work, with particular reference to her commitment to women's emancipation.

Module 2 (prof. Maggi): the second module will deal with the social, political and cultural struggles of Spanish women between the first quarter of the twentieth century and the long stage of exile imposed by the Civil War. The specific case study will be the narrative work of Luisa Carnés (1905-1964).


Modulo 1

Primary Bibliography:

Emilia Pardo Bazán, Il pizzo strappato. Racconti sulla violenza contro le donne, ed. Valentina Nider (con testo a fronte), Venezia, Marsilio, 2021.

Emilia Pardo Bazán, La mujer española y otros escritos, ed. Guadalupe Gómez-Ferrer Morant, Madrid, Cátedra, 2018.[una selezione di passi che verranno indicati su virtuale]

La vida contemporánea / Emilia Pardo Bazán ; [edición al cuidado de Carlos Dorado] Madrid : Ayuntamiento ; Alicante : Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes 2014

http://www.cervantesvirtual.com/obra/la-vida-contemporanea/ .[una selezione di articoli che verranno indicati su virtuale]

Bibliografia secondaria di riferimento


Gómez-Ferrer Morant, Guadalupe, Historia de las mujeres en España: siglos XIX y XX, Madrid, Arco Libros, 2011, capitoli 1-5.


Isabel Burdiel, Emilia Pardo Bazán, Madrid, Taurus-Fundación Juan March, 2019.

Emilia Pardo Bazán. El reto de la modernidad ed. Isabel Burdiel, Comunidad de Madrid, 2021.

A on shortstory

Joyce Tolliver, Cigar Smoke and Violet Water. Gendered Discourse in the Stories of Emilia Pardo Bazán, Lewisburg, Bucknell University Press, 1998.

Cristina Patiño Eirín, La teorización sobre el cuento en Pardo Bazán, Vigo, Universidade de Vigo, Servizo de Publicacións, 1999;

Susan McKenna, Crafting the Female Subject, Narrative Innovation in the Short Fiction of Emilia Pardo Bazán, Washington, The Catholic University of America Press, 2009.

Ángeles Quesada Novás, El amor en los cuentos de Emilia Pardo Bazán, Alicante, Publicaciones

de la Universidad de Alicante, 2005.

B on Pardo Bazán feminist

Adna Rosa Rodríguez, La cuestión feminista en los ensayos de Emilia Pardo Bazán, La Coruña, Ediciós do Castro, 1991;

Maryellen Bieder, Emilia Pardo Bazán y la emergencia del discurso feminista, in Breve historia

feminista de la literatura española (en lengua castellana). V. La literatura escrita por mujer (Del siglo XIX a la actualidad), a cura di Iris M. Zavala, Barcelona, Anthropos, 1998, pp. 75-110;

Coral Cuadrada Majó, Ginés Puente Pérez, A debate: Entre «feminismo» anarquista y el feminismo burgués, in «Feminismo/S», 28, 2016, pp. 25-47;

Rocío Charques Gámez, Los articulos feministas en el “Nuevo Teatro Crítico” de Emilia Pardo Bazán, Alicante, Universidad de Alicante, Centro de Estudios sobre la Mujer, 2003;

C) on Pardo Bazán journalist

Emilia Pardo Bazán, periodista, ed. Pilar Palomo Vázquez, Pilar Vega Rodríguez y Concepción Núñez Rey, Madrid, Arcos libros, 2015.

Emilia Pérez Romero, El periodismo de Emilia Pardo Bazán, Vigo, Editorial Academia del Hispanismo, 2016.

Emilia Pardo Bazán: El periodismo, ed. José Manuel González Herrán-Cristina Patiño Eirín, Fundación Caixa Galicia, 2007


Marcela y Elisa (Isabel Coixet 2019)

El indulto (José Luis Sánchez de Heredia1960)

La condesa Rebelde (Zazá Ceballos 2011)

Non-attending students will have to prepare the primary bibliography, the history manual and choose 2 articles from the secondary bibliography at points A and B, the book de Pérez Romero for point C and view the material uploaded on the platform.

Testi/Bibliografia - Modulo 2

Bibliografia primaria:

Carnés, Luisa, Tea Rooms. Mujeres obreras [1934], ed. A. Plata Plata, Gijón, Hoja de Lata, 2016.

Carnés, Luisa, Donde brotó el laurel : cuentos del exilio, 1940-1964 [selezione], ed. A. Plata Plata, Sevilla, Espuela de Plata, 2018.


Aranda, Vicente (dir.), Libertarias (1996)

Balló, Tània (dir.), Las Sinsombrero (2015)

Martínez Lázaro, Emilio (dir.), Las 13 rosas (2007)

Zambrano, Benito (dir.), La voz dormida (2011)

Bibliografia secondaria di riferimento


Gómez-Ferrer Morant, Guadalupe, Historia de las mujeres en España: siglos XIX y XX, Madrid, Arco Libros, 2011, capitoli 5-7.

Biografia critica:

I saggi critici e gli articoli di approfondimento saranno messi a disposizione all'inizio del corso sulla piattaforma Virtuale.


Teaching methods

The course includes, in addition to the lectures, the seminar in-depth study of some topics relating to the sources studied, as well as the theoretical and methodological tools relevant to their study.

Assessment methods

The final exam consists of an oral test which aims to evaluate the critical and methodological skills matured by the student, who will be invited to compare himself with the texts in the program. The student will have to demonstrate ability 1) to orient himself in Spanish cultural and literary history 2) to adequately master the contents of the program and the related bibliography, 3) to establish links between the topics of the course, 4) to be able to analyze the rhetorical and linguistic characteristics and literary works of the works examined and treated during the lessons.The ability to offer a critical synthesis of the topics addressed in class will be assessed with marks of excellence, using a specific language and demonstrating mastery in the analysis of the texts.The mostly mnemonic knowledge of the subject, the ability to synthesize and analysis not in depth and a correct but not always appropriate language will lead to discrete evaluations.Rough knowledge, superficial understanding, poor analytical skills and not always appropriate expression will correspond to just sufficient evaluations. Training gaps, inappropriate language, difficulties in orienting oneself within the contents and bibliographic materials in the program will be evaluated negatively.

Teaching tools

During the lessons, slides, video and film fragments, images of printed texts and illustrations will be projected, some of which will subsequently be deposited on the course platform. These materials made available are obviously intended as an INTEGRAL and NECESSARY (but not sufficient) part of the exam program

Office hours

See the website of Valentina Nider

See the website of Eugenio Maggi