I> Antigone's Daughters? provides the first detailed discussion in English of six well-known Portuguese women writers, working across a wide range of genres: Florbela Espanca (1894-1930), Irene Lisboa (1892-1958), Agustina Bessa Luis, (1923- ), Natalia Correia (1923-93), Helia Correia (1949 -) and Lidia Jorge (1946 - ). Together they cover the span of the 20th century and afford historical insights into the complex gender politics of achieving institutional acceptance and validation in the Portuguese national canon at different points in the 20th century.
Hilary Owen is professor of Portuguese and Luso-African studies at the University of Manchester, England. Claudia Pazos Alonso is a university lecturer in Portuguese and Brazilian studies at the University of Oxford and a fellow of Wadham College.
Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Florbela Espanca and Female Genius: Alone of All Her Sex? 2. Irene Lisboa: Minding the Gender Gap 3. The Case of the Missing Body: Allegories of Authorship in Agustina Bessa Luis 4. Matriarchal Precedents: Thus Spoke Natalia Correia 5. Giving Up Whose Ghost in the Works of Helia Correia 6. Sexual/Textual Re-Visions in Lidia Jorge Conclusion