This volume undertakes a critical and sympathetic analysis of the birth, evolution and consolidation of the aesthetic expression of female sexuality and suicide in Anglo-American women’s poetry, novels and autobiographies. Although these two three-dimensional phenomena (physical, psychological and sociological) exhibit a robust artistic potential, they have been traditionally silenced. Departing from a patriarchal architecture in the European arts and letters, characterized by a male authorship, an inhibiting language and the dehumanization of the female body as an erotic and self-destructive artifact, this work rescues genuinely feminine voices, mostly American, from tentative utterances in the 19th century until their textual and ideological maturation throughout the 20th century. This study observes that the gradual convergence between pulses of life and death, increasingly articulated by women’s literature, is another feedback from the historical achievements in gender equality and the role of women as the authoritative subject, not only as the submissive object of the artistic act. This volume eventually demonstrates the audacity, entrepreneurship and modernity of US women writers, compared to their European counterparts, to banish taboos and punishments from the Old World around the sexual climax and the suicidal collapse of female victims and/or perpetrators.
Otro género, otro mundo: sexualidad y suicidio en la literatura de mujeres - 15,00€
Otro género, otro mundo: sexualidad y suicidio en la literatura de mujeres
Francisco José Cortés Vieco lectures English & American Literature at the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM), and he previously taught English at the Autónoma University of Madrid. He received his Master’s and PhD degrees in Literary Studies at UCM (Doctorate Award 2012-2013), and he participated in the summer courses at the University of Oxford-Exeter College in 2008. His main research interests are gender, feminism and women’s studies, particularly the autobiographies, novels and poetry of women writers from the 19th and 20th centuries, sexuality and eroticism, mental disorders and traumas. He is affiliated to two research groups: “Estudios de la Mujer en el Ámbito de los Países de Lengua Inglesa” (UCM) and “Escritoras & Escrituras” (University of Seville). Apart from many articles in national and international publications, he is the author of the following work: El romancero de Emily Brontë: antología épica y lírica (Arcibel 2014).