Representation of Women in Ten French Novels on the Spanish Civil War: A Critical Approach

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Several authors used depictions of gender in their novels to make overt statements about the politics of Spain at the time. During the Spanish Civil War, battle lines were drawn, and the French public wanted to understand the burgeoning trends of nearby fascist dictatorships that were overtaking Europe. Novels served as one manner of depicting Right-wing politics as ‘morally depraved’ while Leftists were viewed as being highly evolved. Sides were being determined through these fictional narratives, and it became obvious that Fascism was something to fight against.


“Both ingenius and original…the author’s brilliant and sensitive analysis makes this book an outstanding contribution to the history of women in the Spanish Civil War.”
Prof. Jeanine Parisier Plottel,
City University of New York

“This study is a significant contribution to understand how Spanish women were portrayed in French literature during the Spanish Civil War, and opens the door to new research on the way French authors view Spanish society and its history.”
Professor Rafael Corbalán,
Borough of Manhattan Community College

“A well-researched case for an area that until now has received little, if any critical focus.”
Professor Ligia Rodriguez,
Farmingdale State College

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