Women in Contemporary Culture (Book)

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.

Category: Cultural Studies

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This is the only comparative study of its kind, investigating how women construct their roles within the public sphere and highlighting the ways in which traditional versus modern values impact on female identity in France and Spain. Which female figures are proposed for our admiration? Who proposes them and what values do they represent? This study embarks on an analysis of such cultural icons, going on to address contemporary roles and issues concerning women in the two countries. Finally, Twomey shows how these two strands of discussion inform and interact with each other. The 20th Century &endash; the Century of Women &endash; is celebrated for advancing the cause of women's rights and the contributing authors look to the future and to opportunities presented by the new century.
Lesley Twomey is Head of Spanish as the University of Northumbria at Newcastle. She is editor of Faith and Fanaticism in early Modern Spain, and here extends her work to the contemporary period
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