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Writings by Spanish contemporary authors María Reimóndez, Rosa Montero, and Julia Otxoa display, not only a deep awareness of local and national matters, but also a noteworthy engagement with broader issues of a global nature. Their works highlight, furthermore, the diversity of female voices in Spanish literature as well as the pluralism of languages, cultures, and geographies that make up the Iberian Peninsula today. This article provides a brief description of this research project as a whole, a concise critical introduction to each of the author’s works, and interviews with the three writers. The introduction to María Reimóndez’s work focuses on the role of feminism and postcolonialism in the Galician author’s understanding of identity and nation. Her novels often explore issues of gender and social justice within a context of marginal identities. Rosa Montero’s introduction describes the self- referential and metafictional qualities of Montero’s fiction and looks at the novelist’s portrayal of existential, political, and ethical themes. The introduction to Julia Otxoa’s oeuvre focuses on the poet’s depiction of our dehumanizing time through short minimalist poems that propose reflection, solidarity, and introspection as an antidote to our depthless progress and environmental indifference. The interviews are edited versions of longer conversations with the authors in which we discussed their views on the role of literature in the 21st century, the most important global challenges of our time, and their own works.


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Originally published in Romance Studies, Volume 34, Number 1, (2016), pp. 43-63.

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