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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.

«This innovative and challenging collection of essays opens up fresh perspectives on the recent history, production, and reception of Galician and Irish women’s writing. ‘Creation, Publishing, and Criticism’ explores the common heritage of these Celtic cultures, but also richly documents the often radically different experiences of women writers in both countries and the varying responses they have elicited. By canvassing the viewpoints of contemporary writers, critics, publishers, and theatre directors, it assembles a lively forum of divergent attitudes to artistic practices and policies and provides an invaluable insight into the current cultural moment. The wide-ranging and combative interventions in this volume attest to the richness of the work by contemporary Galician and Irish women writers, while also underscoring the continuing difficulty of fostering feminist criticism and of finding a public outlet for women’s expression, especially in the domain of theatre.» (Professor Anne Fogarty, University College Dublin)
«This pioneering collection of essays sets a new bar, not just for the study of women’s writing in two small Atlantic cultures, but, more broadly, for our awareness of the range of strategies by which cultural agents have conditioned the production and reception of works by women. Bringing together the voices of writers, critics, publishers, theatre directors, and journalists, it is a rich, vital, and challenging intervention that opens up a new space for reflection not only on the way things are and why, but on how they might be otherwise.» (Dr Kirsty Hooper, University of Liverpool)