Álvarez-Faedo, María-José Books

Dr. María-José Álvarez-Faedo is Senior Lecturer at the University of Oviedo and coordinator of a research group on Comparative Studies. Since her early teaching years at the University of Ulster, she has participated in numerous conferences in Spain and abroad, published several articles, a book on John Osborne’s female characters – Las mujeres de John Osborne (John Osborne’s Women) – and she has recently contributed to The Compendium of Renaissance Drama, edited by Brian Corrigan.

Bio-Bibliography of Eighteenth-Century Religious Women in England and Spain
2005 0-7734-6083-7
This is a reference work which rescues from oblivion the names and literary production of women who, far from belonging to what is generally considered as the canon, emerged either from the spiritual solitude of Spanish Catholic nuns’ cells or from the religious meetings, evangelizing travels or austere lives of Anglicans, Protestants, Quakers, Wesleyans, Baptists or Dissenting Presbyterians. This book offers a different insight into the works of those religious women from that of the women-writer guides and dictionaries published so far. In this sense, rather than discussing authors alphabetically, in terms of their biographies, this work is structured in four sections which correspond to four inclusive literary genres – prose, poetry, drama and translation. Each of those sections is, in its turn, subdivided into different subgenres.

La EducaciÓn De La Mujer En El Siglo XVIII En EspaÑa E Inglaterra
2005 0-7734-6022-5
This aim of this book is to offer a general panorama of female education in the 18th century in England and Spain. The study is approached from a Bakhtinian perspective – based on the analysis of the different voices present in the Enlightened discourse (the hegemonic and monological patriarchal voice which tries to impose his ideology on the voices of the “others”, in this case, “women”). Thus, a constrastive insight into the reality of the learned women in England and Spain in the Age of Enlightenment is the starting point which leads to the close study of the types of education that women received at the time in those two European countries: at home, in the household of some noble family, in petty schools, in boarding schools and in convents. Once the proliferation of learned ladies has been established, what follows is an analysis of the treatment that the education of women received in the printed press of the time. Then, the focus of study shifts to the literary production of 18th century erudite ladies in both countries, ranging from prose to poetry, essays and drama and, finally, attention is paid to the influence these learned women had on future generations of erudite ladies.