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Title: The marketing and reception of women writers in the twenty-first century Spanish nation-state
Author: Rodriguez, J. A.
ISNI:       0000 0004 6059 3610
Awarding Body: University of Liverpool
Current Institution: University of Liverpool
Date of Award: 2016
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The Marketing and Reception of Women Writers in the Twenty-First Century Spanish Nation-State By Jennifer Anne Rodriguez This thesis is a comparative study of the marketing and reception of women writers in the twenty-first century Spanish nation-state; more specifically, Galicia, Catalonia, the Basque Country and central Spain. This study analyses and discusses the strategies women writers in the Spanish nation-state use to achieve success and visibility within their respective literary fields, and also takes into account the complex situation that surrounds these women writers. As such, this thesis also discusses issues including language choice and national identity, as well as how women writers negotiate their position with their respective literary fields. Taking a cultural studies approach, this thesis takes eight women writers as case studies: María Xosé Queizán and María Reimóndez (Galicia); Mariasun Landa and Laura Mintegi (the Basque Country); Carme Riera and Maria de la Pau Janer (Catalonia); and Almudena Grandes and Lucía Etxebarria (central Spain) and examines the individual strategies they use to market their work and achieve success, associating themselves with canonical authors and careful use of paratexts such as prologues and epilogues. In addition, the reception of their mediated identities and their work is discussed through analysis of reviews and interviews in the press. This thesis shows that that women writers in the Spanish nation-state are engaged constantly in a complex negotiation of various inter-dependent factors. Achieving success – both economic and symbolic – is a complex process, and there may often be cases where economic success can be detrimental to symbolic success, or vice versa. However, if women writers in the Spanish nation-state are able to negotiate these complex inter-dependent factors, success – both economic and symbolic -, prestige and even canonisation are achievable.
Supervisor: Cullell Teixidor, D. ; Taylor, C. Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral