CFP: New Representations of Maternity / Paternity in Contemporary Spanish Culture

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Dr. Tiffany Gagliardi Trotman

Call for Papers

New Representations of Maternity / Paternity in Contemporary Spanish Culture

At the end of the 19th century, the realist novel in Spain clearly defined the image of the 'angel del hogar' and established a stereotype that heavily influenced representations of motherhood/parenthood in Spanish culture through the mid-late 20th century. In the 1960s labour shortages resulted in a liberalization of Spanish economic policies consequently encouraging women to enter the workforce. These changes initiated a new period of women's rights and a renegotiation of the roles of both mother and father within the Spanish home. Fathers began to assume greater responsibility for the raising of children and professional women began to balance work and parenting. While 'family' continues to be the central focus of Spanish life, the face of the Spanish family has been radically transformed in recent years. In addition to a gender shift in familial responsibilities, the passage of the legislative bill 13/2005 in June 2005 further contributed to the reconfiguration of family. Through 13/2005 the Spanish government legalized gay marriage and provided same-sex married couples with access to the rights of adoption. Spain has become one of the most progressive countries in Europe and perhaps the world through its elimination of all legal distinctions between same-sex and heterosexual unions. Consequently, gay and lesbian parents are further redefining parenthood in contemporary Spain.

The editor of a proposed volume on the above topic requests original, unpublished manuscript for a collection tentatively entitled: New Representations of Maternity / Paternity in Contemporary Spanish Culture. Deadline for submission of original manuscripts is July 15, 2010. Please send a brief abstract by March 1, 2010. The proposed book will focus on non-traditional contemporary depictions of parenthood (solo-parents, working mothers, stay-at-home fathers, same-sex parents) as they redefine the traditional stereotype of 'family' in Spain. Contributions focusing on literature, cinema and the visual arts will be considered. Both abstracts and final papers should be submitted electronically as Word documents to:

Tiffany Trotman
Spanish Programme
Department of Languages and Cultures
University of Otago, Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND