Women and Spain’s Second Republic

(Panel)


Spanish/Portuguese / Women's and Gender Studies

Sarah Glenski (Yale University)

April 14, 2021 marks 90 years since the proclamation of Spain’s Second Republic (1931-1939). Though short-lived, the Republic advocated for women’s rights, passing legislation on suffrage, civil marriage, and divorce, and for women’s place in government and politics, with figures, such as Clara Campoamor, Victoria Kent, and Margarita Nelken, serving in the Spanish Cortes. When the Republic came under attack by the Nationalists, right-wing rebels led by Francisco Franco, many women took up arms as milicianas to fight for the Republican cause, and female journalists, such as Martha Gellhorn, Josephine Herbst, and Gerda Taro, went to Spain to cover the Republic’s fight. Though Franco won the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), Republican arts and letters continued to flourish, including the artistic, literary, and intellectual production of women.

In honor of the 90th anniversary of the Republic, this panel seeks innovative contributions that reflect upon women and the Second Spanish Republic. Of particular interest are papers that study female writers, artists, journalists, intellectuals, and/or political figures who supported the Republic, regardless of their nationality. Analyses of works (poetry, narrative, essay, photography, art, etc.) created by female supporters of the Republic and/or that portray Republican women are welcome.

Abstracts (200 to 300 words) are due by September 30, 2020.

If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Glenski (sarah.glenski@yale.edu).

In honor of the 90th anniversary of the proclamation of Spain’s Second Republic (1931-1939), this panel seeks innovative contributions that reflect upon women and the Republic. Of particular interest are analyses of works by or works that portray female writers, artists, journalists, intellectuals, or political figures who supported the Republic, regardless of their nationality.