Feminism in Spain and its influence on Montserrat Roig's trilogy
Collins, Gobnait (2002) Feminism in Spain and its influence on Montserrat Roig's trilogy. Master of Arts thesis, Dublin City University.
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An appreciation of Spain’s unique political, religious and economic history prior to the arrival of second wave Feminism in Spain is the key to understanding the reasons for the limited success of Feminism. Franco’s right wing dictatorship, which lasted almost forty years, was probably the single greatest explanatory factor for the late arrival of second wave Feminism in Spain and its halfhearted reception. Nonetheless Feminism in its many guises (Feminismo de la Igualdad , Feminismo de la diferenencia etc.) did succeed to attract a minority but enthusiastic audience, particularly in urban middleclass areas of Spain.
Montserrat Roig (1946-1991), a Catalan journalist and novelist was an ardent exponent of Feminism and its ideals. Her undisputed support for Feminism continued long after its popularity had waned in Spain. In addition, her decision to write in Catalan is further evidence of her desire to fight the cause of the underdog. Her trilogy, which is set in urban Barcelona is comprises the following novels Ramona, adios (1977), Tiempo de cerezas (1979) and La hora violeta (1980). The central characters are predominantly middleclass women and are used by Roig as vehicles for her exploration of women-specific issues. Her ability to raise the awareness of her readers on issues such as abortion and lesbianism within a fictional novel is clearly her forte. Her status as a ‘forgotten writer’ could possibly be attributed to her early death. However, this does not diminish the value of her contribution to the Spanish feminist literary canon of the twentieth century
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