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Feminism and Modernity in Carmen de Burgos´ Travelogues

Research project At the beginning of the 20th century the Spanish writer, journalist and women´s rights activist, Carmen de Burgos, made several journeys in Europe.

These journeys are reproduced in her published chronicles and three travelogues. Previous research has focused on Burgos’ literary and political writings, but largely ignored her travel texts. Furthermore, research on cultural contacts between Spain and the Nordic countries has not taken into account Burgos’ depiction of the Nordic North. Taking into consideration Burgos´ importance in the contemporary Spanish debate on the nation´s modernization and women´s rights, an analysis of how these issues are dealt with in her travel texts is an important task to undertake. Burgos’ stances in the European geography rendered in the travelogues can be observed in a wider geographical and ideological setting, in which the female subject presented in the texts can be observed in relation to the changing and gender-coded space of travelling. The aim of the research is to investigate the travelling subject represented in the texts, and to analyse how discourses on Spanish feminism and modernity are depicted in an early 20th century European setting, and to place a special focus on Burgos’ portrayal of the Nordic North. The texts will be analyzed on the basis of a contextual framework consisting of Burgos’ literary and journalistic production, archive material and other contemporary writers´ texts in the travel genre.

Head of project

Elena Lindholm
Other position, associate professor
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Project overview

Project period:

2010-01-01 2012-12-31

Funding

Finansår , 2009

huvudman: Elena Lindholm Narváez, finansiar: Riksbankens jubileumsfond, y2009: 1905000,

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Language Studies

Research area

General literary studies, Modern languages

Project description

At the beginning of the 20th century the Spanish writer, journalist and women´s rights activist, Carmen de Burgos, made several journeys in Europe. These journeys are reproduced in her published chronicles and three travelogues. Previous research has focused on Burgos’ literary and political writings, but largely ignored her travel texts. Furthermore, research on cultural contacts between Spain and the Nordic countries has not taken into account Burgos’ depiction of the Nordic North. Taking into consideration Burgos´ importance in the contemporary Spanish debate on the nation´s modernization and women´s rights, an analysis of how these issues are dealt with in her travel texts is an important task to undertake. Burgos’ stances in the European geography rendered in the travelogues can be observed in a wider geographical and ideological setting, in which the female subject presented in the texts can be observed in relation to the changing and gender-coded space of travelling. The aim of the research is to investigate the travelling subject represented in the texts, and to analyse how discourses on Spanish feminism and modernity are depicted in an early 20th century European setting, and to place a special focus on Burgos’ portrayal of the Nordic North. The texts will be analyzed on the basis of a contextual framework consisting of Burgos’ literary and journalistic production, archive material and other contemporary writers´ texts in the travel genre.