Canal March

Emilia Pardo Bazán, or the biographical yearning

Isabel Burdiel

Isabel Burdiel, professor of Contemporary History at Valencia University and author of the biography Emilia Pardo Bazán (2019) in the collection "Españoles eminentes", reflects on Emilia Pardo Bazán (La Coruña, 1851-Madrid, 1921), approaching in its complexity the period in which she lived and analyzing her figure, defined by its "combative" and ambivalent character—"militant Catholic and radical feminist, Spanish nationalist and convinced cosmopolitan, modern and anti-modern", in the words of the lecturer—and the evolution of her political and aesthetic positions. In this analysis of her life through her work, the feminist facet of the Galician writer stands out, aspect that differentiates her from her contemporaries in the defence of measures such as mixed education or the recognition of women's individuality, being ahead of her time.

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