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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.
María Xesús Nogueira has a Ph.D. in Galician literature and works as an Associate Professor at the University of Santiago de Compostela. She has specialized in Álvaro Cunqueiro’s fiction, contemporary poetry, and women’s writing. Nogueira is the author of Soñadores e famila. Os personaxes na narrativa de Cunqueiro (2009), Álvaro Cunqueiro. Narrativa curta. Antoloxía (1997), and Os outros feirantes de Álvaro Cunqueiro (1993). She was a contributor to Historia da literatura galega (1997) and A Literatura desde 1936 ata hoxe: poesía e teatro (2001). Her articles have appeared in numerous journals, including Grial, Anuario de Estudos Literarios Galegos, and Boletín Galego de Literatura, and she has collaborated with Consello da Cultura, A Nosa Terra, and Radio Galega.
Laura Lojo is Associate Professor of English literature and language at the University of Santiago de Compostela and has a Ph.D. in Virginia Woolf’s writing. Lojo is the author of Introduction to Virginia Woolf’s Short Fiction (2003), and is co-editor of Writing Bonds: Irish and Galician Contemporary Women Poets (2009). She has also published book chapters and articles in literary journals on various topics, such as the reception of British modernism in Spanish-speaking countries, Irish women’s poetry, women’s studies, and comparative literature.
Manuela Palacios is Associate Professor of English at the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain, where she obtained her Ph.D. in Modernist literature and the visual arts. She has directed two research projects on contemporary Irish and Galician women writers that have been funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, and she has co-edited two books on this topic: Palabras extremas (2008) and Writing Bonds (2009). Her other publications include translations of European poetry and narrative, monographs on Virginia Woolf’s pictorial imagery, Shakespeare’s Richard III, and articles on ecocriticism.