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Abstract

This study shows that Aurora Bertrana’s novels subvert the traditional Bildungsroman and uses the techniques of the Novel of Female Development with (auto) biographical characteristics. The core of my analysis is in the friction, the disruption and the confrontation between the subject and the social system represented by the family, the school and the community. Bertrana’s novels underline that men, similarly to women, are under a strong pressure to adopt a specific role according to heterosexual norms. Bertrana’s work demonstrate that women writers, like men, can introduce social, cultural and political innovations and experiment with a new literature genre.

Bio Note

Silvia Roig received her Ph.D. in Spanish Literature, With Special Distinction from the University of Kentucky in 2013. She is currently teaching Spanish literature and language at BMCC-CUNY, NY. Her areas of specialization include 20th Century Spanish Literature, Contemporary Women’s Narrative and Catalan Literature. She was awarded in 2015 with the Premio de Monografia Victoria Urbano by the Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica for her manuscript on Aurora Bertrana's work and she has recently published her book: Aurora Bertrana. Innovación liter aria y subversión de género (2016).