Images of Female Confinement in the Short Narrative of Emilia Pardo Bazán
This study closely analyzes various symbolic representations of female confinement in the short prose of the 19th-century Spanish author Emilia Pardo Bazán. In some tales both the structure and the content of the narrative objectify and confine the female characters. In others, the female characters are given a voice to express their thoughts and sentiments directly. In the stories that will be analyzed in this presentation the author succeeds in presenting a feminist message to her readership through various symbolic allusions to imprisonment and confinement of the female characters. ¬It is through the use of this rhetorical strategy, along with others, that the author highlights the physical objectification that the bourgeois woman suffered in the patriarchal society of her time. In some cases the author leads her female characters to find liberation from their predicaments, while in others she simply highlights their subjugation and allows the reader to come to his own conclusions.
Keywords: Nineteenth-Century Spain, Literature, Narrative, Feminism
Dr. Susan J. Walter
University of Denver