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Creation, Publishing, and Criticism

The Advance of Women’s Writing

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Edited By Maria Xesus Nogueira, Laura Lojo Rodriguez and Manuela Palacios

Since the 1980s, there has been an unprecedented and unremitting rise in the number of women writers in Galicia and Ireland. Publishers, critics, journals, and women’s groups have played a decisive role in this phenomenon. Creation, Publishing, and Criticism provides a plurality of perspectives on the strategies deployed by the various cultural agents in the face of the advance of women authors and brings together a selection of articles by writers, publishers, critics, and theatre professionals who delve into their experiences during this process of cultural change. This collection of essays sets out to show how, departing from comparable circumstances, the Galician and the Irish literary systems explore their respective new paths in ways that are pertinent to each other. This book will be of particular interest to students of Galician and Irish studies, comparative literature, women’s studies, and literary criticism. Both specialists in cultural analysis and the common reader will find this an enlightening book.

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Notes on Contributors MARILAR ALEIXANDRE (María Pilar Jiménez Aleixandre) once studied biology and gathered beetles. Now she gathers stray words, finding a place for them in stories or poems. She has a split tongue and various identities: one is a Professor at the University of Santiago, another writes poetry and fiction. Sometimes one of these voices sticks in her throat like the bones of those fish that Galicians gulp down, head and all. Among her many books, are, in the genre of poetry: Catálogo de velenos (Sociedad de Cultura Valle-Inclán, 1999; Esquío Prize, 1998), Desmentindo a primavera (Xerais, 2003) and Mudanzas (Danú, 2007; PEN-Caixanova Prize); in the genre of fiction: Lobos nas Illas (Xerais, 1996), A Compañía Clandestina de Contrapublicidade (Galaxia, 1998; Álvaro Cunqueiro Prize) and Teoría do caos (Xerais, 2001; Xerais Fiction Prize and San Clemente Prize). In children’s fiction: A expedición do Pacífico (Xerais, 1994; Merlín Prize, 1995, and the Galician Critics’ Award), Rúa Carbón (Xerais, 2005), A cabeza de Medusa (Xerais, 2008; Fundación Caixa Galicia Prize, White Ravens list); and for very young readers: O trasno de Alqueidón (Xerais, 1996), O monstro da chuvia (SM, 1998), O Chápiro verde (Anaya, 1999), Paxaros de papel (Xerais, 2001), Herbalúa (Galaxia, 2006). FRAN ALONSO is a writer and journalist. He was one of the promoters of the artisanal and alternative press Edicións do Dragón and is currently Assistant Director of Edicións...

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