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Feminism, Writing and the Media in Spain

Ana María Matute, Rosa Montero and Lucía Etxebarria


Mazal Oaknín

This book explores the different treatment of writing by women and
writing by men in twenty-first-century Spain. Focusing on contemporary
Spanish authors Ana María Matute (1926–2014), Rosa Montero (1952–),
and Lucía Etxebarria (1966–), the author examines how Spanish women
writers are marketed in Spain and, in particular, how current marketing
strategies reinforce traditional structures of femininity.

Through an analysis of their work and lives in the context of the Franco
Regime, the Transition to democracy and contemporary Spain, this book
provides an innovative study of the construction of the public personae
of these key female writers. As social media and the internet transform
authors’ relationship with their readers, the rapidly shifting publishing
industry offers an important context for the difficult balance between
high levels of reception and visibility and the persistence of traditional
gender stereotypes.

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My initial plan when I moved to London in October 2007 was to spend nine months studying for a Master’s degree at University College London. Little did I know that ten years later I would still be there, this time as author of this book. This has been a fascinating journey, mainly because since my arrival I have been blessed with so many inspiring, loving, and supportive people that if I were to name them all, this section would be longer than my actual book!

My greatest debt is to my family, loved ones, and friends in Spain and UK: you know who you are. Writing a book can be an isolating and arduous task, and without your unwavering support and encouragement I would have given up and found a job in Camden Market long ago. You have repeatedly showed how much you cared, and you have lived the publication of this book as if it was your own achievement. And that really is the best achievement I could ask for.

Likewise, during my time at UCL, I have been fortunate to work with wonderful colleagues and supervisors who believed in me and who gave me the opportunity to gain extremely valuable research and teaching experience. My gratitude goes to Professor Jo Evans, who has always been extremely insightful, rigorous, and helpful, yet also warm, fun, and approachable. I am also indebted to Dr Gareth Wood, whose invaluable feedback and intelligent comments are much appreciated.

Last but not least, my colleagues and friends at the Teaching Fellows’ Room have added much to my enjoyment of academic life.

I would also like to extend special thanks the funding provided for this research from UCL’s Open Access Fund.

Finally, this book is dedicated to my dear father Jacob Oaknín Bendahán Z’’L, of blessed memory. His perseverance, unwavering support, faith, love, and zest for life have set an invaluable example for me. It goes without saying that without all his support and help, this book would not be a reality.←xiii | xiv→ ←xiv | 1→