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.
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.
This website provides a large bibliography of secondary print material for the study of gender relations with respect to the population, agriculture and rural development of Portuguese-speaking African countries, namely Angola; Cape Verde; Guinea-Bissau; Mozambique; and São Tomé and Príncipe. The site outlines the reasons for compiling such a bibliography and the methodology employed: the texts included are refereed works in Portuguese, produced since 1981, and are available for consultation in Lisbon. The bibliography is divided into two parts. The first contains separate sections for each country listed above with references grouped under particular topics such as gender in family relations, women and migration, and women's and children's livelihoods. The second contains the same references but grouped under keywords. For each reference, the bibliography provides an English translation of the Portuguese title and an annotation informing on the nature and purpose of the text; how rural women, population and development figure in the text; and the substance and findings of the text. Clearly structured and informative, this will be a crucial resource for those working on the area studies of Lusophone African countries.
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.