This study offers new insights into the works of canonical nineteenth-century authors, Emilia Pardo Bazan and Benito Perez Galdos, and into those of the twentieth-century writers, Cristina Peri Rossi and Antonio Gala. This work questions the view that these transvestite narratives subvert traditional images of gender and the act of literary creation.
Nicola Gilmour completed her Ph.D. at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She is a Lecturer in Spanish at Victoria University of Wellington.
Foreword by Dr. Alfredo Martinez Exposito; Acknowledgements; 1. The Best of Both Worlds: Transvestism, Festishism and Perverse Narrations; 2. Strategies of Oscillation: Transvestite Theories of Art in Cristina Peri Rossi's Fantasias eroticas; 3. Mothers, Muses and Male Narrators: Fetishism and Metafiction in Peri Rossi's Solitario de amor; 4. Turkish Delight: Oriental Phallacies in Antonio Gala's La passion turca; 5. Phantoms and Femininity: Emilia Pardo Bazan and Construction of Woman and Gender; 6. Androgynous Alternatives: Pardo Bazan's Dona Milagros and Memorias de un solteron; 7. "Rascally Dualities": Pardo Bazan's Concept of Literary Production and Genre; 8. A Romantic Confession: Genara de Baraona and Benito Perez Galdos Conclusion: Differences that Make a Difference; Works Cited; Index.