BIESES is an online Bibliography of Spanish Women Writers that provides bibliographic information about women writers from the Medieval Period until the 18th century. Details of both primary and secondary sources are given for each author. It is possible to search the database but not to browse it; hence making it difficult to explore for materials and authors that are not so well-known. However, an alternative may be the list of authors included in the database as provided on the site. The resource can be navigated in English and Spanish, and for those who prefer paper versions, the bibliography can also be downloaded as several .pdf files. A list of external websites related to women's writing is offered here as well.
The website for the Centre Dona i Literatura, based at the University of Barcelona, offers excellent access to this organisation's activities and publications. Established in 1994, the centre includes within its objectives the analysis and revision of the humanities, the social sciences and the media from the perspectives of gender, race and sexual orientation. It researches fiction by women predominantly from Spain and Latin America, (although research is also undertaken into literature outwith these locations as well), thereby aiming to establish the validity of writers previously silenced or ignored, and to re-assess artistic canons. The centre also runs international conferences, seminars and courses on such themes as 'Writing and sexuality', details of which are available on the site. The centre's numerous publications are listed on the site, of which the user may read indexes and prologues as PDFs. In addition, the centre's excellent, peer reviewed journal, 'Lectora', may be read in full in PDF format. The first issue was published in 1995, and themes discussed to date include: 'Men and feminism'; 'Women and cinema'; and studies of individual writers such as Rosa Montero; Cristina Fernández Cubas; and Angeles Mastretta. This is an essential site for any student, researcher or teacher working within gender studies and women's writing in Spain and Latin America. The emphasis is on texts written in Spanish (Castilian), Catalan and Galician. Some of the site's data may be read in languages other than these.
The website of the Instituto de la Mujer (the Women's Institute) offers a comprehensive guide to the Spanish organisation's purpose, policies, activities and services. It aims to raise awareness of Spanish and European legislation on gender equality, and to promote equal opportunities. The site highlights and details various initiatives in Spain and Europe that tackle such issues as domestic violence, sexist advertising and equal pay, and provides advice for good practice in the workplace. From the site, the user may access governmental documentation such as: 'Plan Estratégico de Igualdad de Oportunidades (2008 - 2011)'; and the 'Ley Orgánica para la Igualdad efectiva entre mujeres y hombres'. The site also features full-text academic and independent studies and statistics on gender equality, which can be accessed as .PDF files. Some examples are: 'Igualdad y diferencia: pensamiento, acción y revisión'; 'Igualdad y diferencia: pensamiento, acción y revisión'; and '100 estudios para la Igualdad'. The Institute runs courses in areas such as finding employment, fighting sexual harassment, which are detailed on the site, along with various seminars and conferences throughout Spain that focus on such areas as the issues facing women working in rural environments, and women with disabilities. Information can also be found on the site about the Institute's documentation centre, grants, publications and funding opportunities. The site offers an insight into the development of women's rights in Spain and will be of interest to the researcher working on Spanish cultural studies and gender issues.
Laberinto is a peer reviewed online journal, which is dedicated to theoretical and interdisciplinary analyses of Spanish and Spanish-American texts and cultures from the early modern period (1450-1750). The journal was published between 1997 and 2006, but all past volumes can be accessed through the site. Some topics covered by this publication are: 'Gender and class as challenges in feminist biographies in early modern Spain'; 'The poetics of self contradiction and nonsense in the poetry of San Juan de la Cruz'; and 'Casta painting: identification and social stratification in colonial Mexico'. Although the publication focuses on the early-modern period in general, volume 3 was entirely dedicated to Women's writing and other issues featured articles about this topic too, so it will be of particular interest to anyone researching on Gender Studies in Spain and Latin-America.
The Spanish language website, 'Mujeres en Red', is a platform for an international network of campaigners for women's rights and gender equality. It acts as a means for women to share and disseminate news and information about issues affecting women in the world today. The site offers links and documentation related to a vast variety of topics, such as domestic violence, sexual discrimination, women and the arts, disability, and globalisation and gender. While the site covers women's issues globally, the emphasis does tend to fall on Spain and Latin America making this a useful resource for those interesting in the situation of women and the history of feminism in these countries. The site dedicates a section to feminisms, and offers a number of texts related to feminist debates. Discussions here cover, for example, 'feminismo de la igualdad/feminismo de la diferencia' (equality feminism/difference feminism); feminism across history; social and academic feminism; and feminism and neoliberalism. The site also features a country-by-country directory, where users will find more topical texts, contact details of relevant organizations, links and news items. An online library allows users to download the full-text of various publications, including a report on domestic violence in Spain, and essays on gender and identity. There is also a glossary of related terminology. This is an interesting site, and relevant for anyone working on gender studies and feminism, with a particular interest in Spain and Latin America.
Dr. Kirsty Hooper, from the University of Liverpool, has created the website 'Spain's women intellectuals, 1890-1920' to provide bio-bibliographical information about women-intellectuals who published their work during the last decades of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. The main goal of the project which Dr. Hooper is in charge of is to raise awareness of the contribution of female intellectuals during this period of Spanish culture. Too often overlooked in literary histories, the site is a valuable resource to begin to know the life and work of these women. The core of the site is an index of women writers, in which information in the following categories is provided when available: dates and places of birth and death; field they contributed to; and sources where their work can be located. Despite counting with more than 250 names, the author is open to contributions and the index is being updated regularly. In some cases, images and more information is given for particular intellectuals about their life, work, translations and secondary bibliography.
This site forms part of the UConn Digital Collections site. It provides free access to a small collection of full text historic 19th century women’s magazines held in the special collection of the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut. Titles include: El Tocador : gacetín del bello sexo, periódico semanal de educación, literatura, anuncios, teatros y modas,1845-6; Silvina: semanario de literatura, música, teatro y modas, dedicado al bello sexo. (1857), Gaceta de las Mugeres (1845),Correo de las Damas, o, Poliantea Instructiva, Curiosa y Agradable de Literatura, Ciencias y Artes. 1804-7. The titles were largely written by men for Spanish women and include articles on conduct, illustrations of fashion and advice. They offer a fascinating resource into the social, political and economic position and history of 19th century Spanish women. Technical and copyright information is displayed on the website.
The website of the British organisation 'Women in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies' (WISPS) provides information about their aims, conferences, seminars, and members. The organisation is a group of women colleagues working within all areas of Luso-Hispanism, such as feminist theory, history, cultural memory, literature, linguistics, cultural and textual theory, audio and film studies, performance studies, anthropology, geography, queer theory and theatre studies. WISPS also encourages research within areas that cross geographical and linguistic/cultural boundaries. This site details the research interests and current projects of some of its members, providing links to other related sites. There is also information about WISPS' annual conference and contact details. The site is simple in design and offers a useful introduction to the organisation and an opportunity to join a specialised academic community, together with a means of remaining informed of current developments in the field of women's studies.