This is the website for a branch of ANPOLL, a Brazilian research group, which is devoted to the study of literature by women. The group's main focus is the work of Lusophone and Anglophone writers, although students and researchers working on the former will probably benefit most from visiting this Portuguese-language site. A database of Brazilian women writers from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries is available on the site: for each writer listed, there is a short biography, bibliographies of primary publications and secondary criticism, and extracts. A collection of short, full-text articles on women's writing, by members of the research group, is also available: themes addressed have included the work of the early 20th century poet, Henriqueta Lisboa; Francisca Izidora; Rosália Sandoval; the representation of women in the work of 20th century novelist, José Lins do Rego; and women's challenge to the Brazilian literary canon. The site features links to related resources, and a database of the group's research interests which will assist the location of potential 'likeminds'. A valuable contribution to online resources for Lusophone women's writing.
This website offers an impressively long bibliography of sexuality studies in Latin America. Based upon a bibliography that first appeared in Daniel Balderston and Donna J Guy's edited volume, Sexuality in Latin America (New York University Press, 1997), and incorporating subsequent updates, this online bibliography is current, well-maintained and regularly updated. It includes both print and online secondary studies (with links included where relevant) in Spanish, English or Portuguese by international scholars, critics and commentators. The scope is vast, covering gender studies, gay and lesbian studies, and women's studies across the disciplines of the arts (including literature; film; and the performing and plastic arts) cultural and area studies; history; sociology; and psychology. All Latin American countries are represented in the bibliography. The document is easy to browse, and represents an excellent online resource and means of locating material for those studying and researching in this area.
Caderno espaço feminino is an online journal dedicated to women's studies published by NEGUEM (Núcleo de Estudos de Gênero e Pesquisa sobre a Mulher) at the Centro de Documentação e Pesquisa em História CDHIS da Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, Brasil. Published annually from 1994, only archives from 2006 are available to download as PDFs. Previous articles have included topics such as coeducation as a public policy, mapping the feminist movement in Brazil, inter family violence and Mexicana public food sharing. Articles are mostly published in Portuguese. A search and browse facility make this an easy journal to use, although the lack of online archives limits its historical use.
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.
Gendering Latin American Independence: Women's Political Culture and the Textual Construction of Gender 1790-1850 is a major AHRC-funded project hosted by the Department of Hispanic and Latin American Studies at the University of Nottingham, and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies at the University of Manchester and Nottingham. Its website provides a description of the project, "a textual and historical study that investigates the ideas and activities of women who, as a social group, contributed to the making of public culture in Latin America but were largely excluded from it". At the core of the project is an examination of how gender shaped the political discourses of Latin American independence.
The site makes available the project's database which contains biographies of 2,156 individuals, bibliographies, references, notes about 22 archives storing material relating to the period in question, and details of 210 publications on Latin American independence. Only registered users could access the database at the time of cataloguing, but it is due for public release on completion of the project. The full-text of a number of working papers are available on the site, together with a full bibliography of publications generated from the project. The site also features a collection of images including photographs, manuscripts, painting and artefacts relating to this period.
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.
Latin America in motion magazine is a monthly publication from the Agencia Latinoamericana de Información, which looks at human rights, gender equality and citizen participation in Latin America. Each magazine has a specific theme and includes several articles, which can be downloaded as a PDF. Previous themes have included Paraguay, debt, indigenous towns, and racism.Journals from 2006 are included online, as well as a few editions from previous years. This is an interesting journals which publishes material from a Latin American viewpoint. It would be useful for any researcher of political science, globalisation and democracy.
The 'Revista Estudos Feministas' (ISSN 0104-026X) is a peer reviewed, interdisciplinary electronic journal dedicated to feminist and gender studies, particularly in Brazil. It aims to stimulate theoretical and academic debate by means of: articles; translations into Portuguese of previously published theoretical articles; interviews with distinguished researchers in the field of feminist studies; thematic dossiers on relevant areas; and book reviews. The journal has been in publication since 1992, although only issues from 2002 are online. The contents are extremely broad in scope, covering a range of subjects including the arts, sociology, economics, and politics, with approximately half of the articles devoted to Brazilian and Latin American studies. Articles discuss such areas as: Frida Kahlo's journals and the 'pictures' of Clarice Lispector; the work of Adalzira Bittencourt; property rights, inheritance by wives and gender equality in Brazil and Latin America; and the body in dance and performance. Dossiers cover such themes as: women in politics; gender and education; feminist Brazilian publications; and childbirth. Jane Flax and Ella Shohat are among the scholars interviewed. Abstracts for each contribution to the journal appear in English, followed by the full-text in Portuguese, in either HTML or PDF format. This journal is a crucial resource for all students and researchers of gender studies in Brazil and Latin America, and a good search facility allows for easy location of material.
Sociedade e cultura is an online social science journal which is published termly by the Faculdade de Ciências Sociais of the Universidade Federal de Goiás. Aimed at researchers, faculty and students, it covers articles, essays and book reviews on topics as diverse as music and memory, human rights, women in the economy and post materialism. Most articles are published in Portuguese, although some are written in Spanish and English. A robust search and browse feature gives access to downloadable PDFs of the articles back to 1998.
This is the website of the Vanderbilt e-journal of Luso-Hispanic Studies, published by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Vanderbilt University, Tennessee, US. The journal is published annually by the Department, and it covers Latin-American studies from the perspective of humanities by invited contributors. Most articles concern themselves with Hispanic culture, while articles concernig Brazil focus primarily on Brazilian literature and cinema, as it is attested to by the 2008 issue specifically devoted to Brazilian matters. The articles are academic essays, and they are downloadable in html and pdf formats. There are wideranging search functions on the website: it is possible to search not only for author, title and date, but also for discipline, subject and approach. This site is particularly recommended to senior undergraduate students and research students interested in the literature, film and culture of Brazil.
This website offers a bibliography of monographs related to the study of women's writing from Latin America. It does not claim to be exhaustive but it does list a considerable number of critical works on narrative, poetry and drama by Latin American women. The bibliography draws on Diane E Keatings's Spanish American Women Writers: a Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook (1990) but contains a number of new additions. The publications listed may be in Spanish, English or Portuguese. Easy-to-browse, this bibliography is a valuable website for those working on women writers from Latin America, as a reference resource and a means of locating new material.
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.