The European City and the Female Fantastic: Modernity and Postmodernity
How did women writers narrate the nineteenth century European city through their fantastic writings? Are there recurrent metaphors and tropes between their texts and those of contemporary female authors? Is there a continuity that substantiates the label of an “urban female fantastic”?
The proposed research for this NIAS fellowship scrutinizes the legacy of Spanish and English women writers of the fantastic in our understanding of urban modernity and postmodernity. It analyzes mainly short fictions by Spanish Emilia Pardo Bazán, Cristina Fernández Cubas, Patricia Esteban Erlés and British Elizabeth Gaskell, Charlotte Riddell and Rhoda Broughton. The project combines literary urban studies with gender perspectives.
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