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The Politics of Desire in Women’s Literature and Film in Spain (1995-2002)

Code
67/03
Program
National Plan for Scientific Research, Development and Technological Innovation
Institution
Instituto de la Mujer (Ministerio del Trabajo y de Asuntos Sociales)
Duration
Octubre 2003-octubre 2006
Research projects
Principal Investigator(s)
Marta Segarra
(Centre Dona i Literatura-Universitat de Barcelona)
Research Team
Nora Catelli
(Universitat de Barcelona)
,
Mercè Coll
(Centre Dona i Literatura-Universitat de Barcelona)
,
Helena González
(Centre Dona i Literatura-Universitat de Barcelona)
,
Virginia Trueba
(Universitat de Barcelona)
,
Annalisa Mirizio
(Centre Dona i Literatura-Universitat de Barcelona)
Summary

 

In recent years, both literature and cinema made by women in Spain have given great importance to the expression and representation of desire, a specifically feminine desire that would move away from its traditional patriarchal representations as found in literature and the arts throughout the centuries. Given that literature and cinema could be said to be the two media that most influence our individual and social behaviours nowadays, their analysis is essential in the construction and promotion of a new "policy of desire" that allows women to live their desire beyond generic norms.

The main objective of our project is to carry out a critical analysis of the cinematographic and literary production of women in Spain from 1995 to 2002 within the frameworks of Gender Studies and feminist theory. The selected texts pay special attention to desire, either to deconstruct its traditional vision or to present alternatives. The traditional representations of feminine desire began to be deconstructed earlier in French cultural discourse, where literature and film by women have been discussed since the 1970s; therefore, we will also analyse their influence in Spanish texts.

 

Objectives

  1. Carry out a critical analysis of the cinematographic and literary production of women in Spain, from 1995 to 2005, which identifies the authors' vision and representation of feminine desire.  
  2. Give greater visibility to new figures of feminine desire.
  3. Shed light on the mechanisms that construct cultural values in film and literary discourse.
  4. Conduct an international seminar with experts in the subject, the results of which will be published.

Photo: Adriana Fàbregas.