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Sex and Society in Early Twentieth Century Spain

Hildegart Rodríguez and the World League for Sexual Reform

Hildegart Rodríguez’s sensational death at the hands of her own mother usually overshadows her fascinating life. Alison Sinclair’s examination of Rodríguez’s role as a central player in the Spanish chapter of the World League for Sexual Reform reveals much more than just a dramatic demise. Through analysis of her correspondence with English sexologist Havelock Ellis, we glimpse poignant details of Rodríguez’s personal tensions and anxieties. By building on this exploration of one woman’s life, Sinclair also shows us Spain’s contacts with the international community and delivers a gripping account of the efforts of reformers in the years before the Spanish Civil War.

263 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2007

Iberian and Latin American Studies

History: European History

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Table of Contents

Series Editors’ Foreword
Chapter One: The Face of Reform in Europe and the Spanish Case
Chapter Two: Conception of Reform
Chapter Three: Growing up under the Dictatorship
Chapter Four: Coming to Maturity and the Limits of Tolerance
Chapter Five: Hildegart’s ’child’, the Spanish Liga
Chapter Six: The Liga Speaks
Chapter Seven: Writing to the ’fairy god’
Chapter Eight: Filicide: Perfection and Eugenic Death
Appendix I: Hildegart’s Letters
Appendix II: Brief Bio-Bibliographical Guide to Figures
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