This collection of essays confirms Carmen de Burgos’s pivotal place in Spanish feminist history by bringing together eminent international scholars who offer new readings of Burgos’s work. It includes the analyses of a number of lesser-known texts, both fictional and non-fictional, which give us a more comprehensive examination of Burgos’s multipronge feminist approach. Burgos’s works, especially her essays, are essential feminist reading and complement other European and North American traditions. Gaining familiarity with the breadth and depth of her work serves not only to provide an understanding of Spanish firstwave feminism, but also enriches our appreciation of cultural studies, gender studies, subaltern studies and travel literature. Looking at the entirety of her life and work, and the wide-ranging contributions in this volume, it is evident that Burgos embodied the tensions between tradition and modernity, depicting multiple representations of womanhood. Encouraging women to take ownership of their personal fashion, the design of their homes and the decorum of their families were steps towards recognizing a female population that was cognizant of its own desires.

chapter |14 pages

Introduction: Multiple modernities

Carmen de Burgos, author and activist
ByAnja Louis, Michelle M. Sharp

chapter 1|12 pages

Carmen de Burgos: a Spanish feminist

Lost and found
ByElizabeth Starčević

chapter 2|16 pages

The Carmen de Burgos enigma

Marriage, separation and public activism
ByMaryellen Bieder

chapter 3|17 pages

Carmen de Burgos’s place in a genealogy of Spanish feminist thought

ByRoberta Johnson

chapter 4|17 pages

Face to face with Carmen de Burgos

The influence of other women writers on her career and her work 1
ByAna I. Simón Alegre

chapter 6|16 pages

Of feminism and fringe

Carmen de Burgos’s La melena de la discordia
ByKathleen Doyle

chapter 7|18 pages

Putting the brake on Matilde

The woman traveller in Carmen de Burgos’s El perseguidor
ByElena Lindholm

chapter 8|20 pages

In search of feminist happiness

Burgos’s La entrometida
ByAnja Louis

chapter 10|17 pages

Carmen de Burgos speaking for women

ByMichael Ugarte

chapter 11|17 pages

Bringing the escuela to the despensa

Regenerationist politics in Carmen de Burgos’s cookbooks
ByRebecca Ingram

chapter 12|17 pages

La perfecta casada

Carmen de Burgos’s new feminine feminist perfection
ByMichelle M. Sharp