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Title: Challenging gender and genre in the literary text : the works of Nuria Amat
Author: Capdevila-Argüelles, Nuria
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2001
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Nuria Amat was born in Barcelona in 1950, the city in which she lives at the present time after extended periods of residence abroad. She obtained a degree in Hispanic Studies and a doctorate in Information Technology, becoming the first female "documentalista" in Spain. Having worked as a lecturer in the Escuela de Biblioteconomia y Documentación, she left the post just before the publication of La initimidad (1997). Like other novelists belonging to the so-called Catalan's Women Renaissance, she started to publish at the end of the 70s, after Franco's death. This circumstance situates her chronologically within the Spanish "Nueva Narrativa". Her bibliography comprises not only fiction but also books on research technology and librarianship. This doctoral thesis, the first comprehensive analysis of Amat's work to date, deals with her five novels, one of them unpublished, and her pseudofictional books which she has described as "libros inclasificables" or "libros sin voz". The significance given by the author to the narrative genre can be justified through the critical analysis of a crucial component of her prose: metaliterature. The notion of authorship, the Barthesian death of the author, also ascribed to Foucauldian thought, and Amat's opinion that writing is a suicidal act are notions that permeate her literary production. Amat's evolution as a novelist reveals crucial aspects of female literary-subjectivity and authorship. Through the analysis of Amat's fiction, the imprecise relationship between gender and genre, central to contemporary feminist criticism, will be explored and clarified. Both concepts, the two equivalents of the Spanish word "género", support politics of representation. I intend to ground my treatment of these concepts in their power of representation within literature. My approach blends feminism, psychoanalysis and narratology so that the generic and gender expectations, challenged and transcended by Amat, can be elucidated. My ultimate aim is to delineate the formulation of Amat's literary/narrative poetics as the bildungsroman of the authorial voice using a perspective that transcends expectations of gender and genre.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.642581  DOI: Not available
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