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Reyes Calderons Lola MaChor Series: A Conservative Feminist Approach to Modern Spain

Reyes Calderons Lola MaChor Series: A Conservative Feminist Approach to Modern Spain (Hardback)

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In spite of the fact that detective fiction has been the most popular genre utilised by Spanish authors over the last thirty or so years, the female detective has appeared in such works on relatively rare occasions. Less frequent are Spanish female authors of detective fiction who employ a female detective as their main character. One author who has broken this stereotype is Reyes Calderon, with her female juez de instruccion (examining magistrate), originally created because the author was convinced that one popular, female, main character detective that did exist was simply a man who was wearing a skirt (interview with author). With the creation of her Basque character who, over the series, evolves from law-school professor to member of the Spanish Supreme Court, Calderon is able to design a normal woman who confronts abnormal situations (interview with author). Through such, Reyes Calderon aptly portrays both how far Spanish women have come since the days/restrictions of the Franco dictatorship but yet how remnants of conservative thought still pervade their mindset.

She thus uses the most popular of genres to make a myriad of cultural observations concerning her native country and the women of "her generation". This book focuses on the female detective in Hispanic literature; the Lola MacHor Series, where via the main character Lola, Calderon is conducting a cultural studies experiment/explanation of modern-day Spain; concomitant issues of characterisation and Calderons debt to Naturalism; Spanish novel writing and narrative style; and the pervading conservative/feminist dichotomy as it transpires in Spanish social commentary and moralising.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writersEssays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: from c 1900 -GLBT & Gender StudiesGender studiesGender studies: womenPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groups Publisher: Sussex Academic Press Publication Date: 01/01/2015 ISBN-13: 9781845196462  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Jeffrey Oxford, Professor of Spanish at Midwestern State University, is co-editor of Eduardo Mendoza: A New Look (2002) and Gimenez Bartletts Influence in Hispanic Literature (Vol. 28 of Monographic Review/Revista Monografica). He is the author of more than 40 academic essays, a dozen of which focus on detective fiction of Spain.

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