In this work, essays examine the representation of the female self in recent novels written by Spanish women ranging from internationally known, canonized novelists to newer, more experimental writers. They explore the myriad ways in which women's struggle with self-definition and self-fulfillment is contemplated in Spain during a time in which democracy has taken hold and women's rights have taken shape. Authors covered include Carmen Martin Gaite, Josefina Aldecoa, Rosa Montero, Dulce Chacon, Clara Sanchez, Lucia Etxebarria, Care Santos, Eugenia Rico, Espido Freire, and others.
Kyra A. Kietrys is an assistant professor of Spanish at Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina. Montserrat Linares is an assistant professor of Spanish at Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania.