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Women in Contemporary Culture

Roles and identities in France and Spain

Dealing with current events in France and Spain, this is the only comparative study of its kind, investigating how women construct their identities within the public sphere and highlighting the ways in which traditional or modern values impact on female identity in these countries. Which female figures are proposed for our admiration? Who proposes them and what values do they represent? This is an evaluation of womens lives at the end of the 20th Century the Century of Women celebrating the achievements and looking to opportunities presented by the century to come.

185 pages | © 2000

Women's Studies


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Table of Contents

Contributors
List of Tables
Preface and Dedication
Abbreviations
Introduction by Lesley K. Twomey

Women and Politics
1   Parity in French Politics
     Sheila Perry and Sue Hart
2   Women and Political Participation
     Monica Threlfall
Women, Religion, and Politics
3   The Image and Role of Women Promoted by the Extreme Right and Catholic Integrists in Contemporary France
     William B. Smith
4   ’Licencia más amplia para matar’? Changes to Spain’s Abortion Law and the Traditionalist Catholic Response
     Lesley K. Twomey
Women and Work
5   ’Still Working on it’: Recent Steps towards Employment Equality in France
     Jean Burrell
6   Gendered Structures in the City: Management in Spain and Professional Identity in Etxebarría’s Amor, curiosidad, prozac y dudas
     Lesley K. Twomey
Women and Feminisms
7   Feminism in Spain: A History of Love and Hate
     Mercedes Carbayo-Abengózar
8   Lesbian Identity in Contemporary Spain: ’One of the Greatest Taboos Ever’
     Jacky Collins
9   An Introduction to Julia Kristeva
     Sylvie Gambaudo
Women and their Writing
10  The Quest for Identity in the Later Fiction of Simone de Beauvoir
      Alison T. Holland
11  Discursive Configurations of Identity in El cuarto de atrás and Crónica del desamor
      Vanessa Knights

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