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Concepción Gimeno de Flaquer (1850-1919): Her Personal Letters, Short Stories, and Journalism

by Ana Isabel Simón Alegre (Adelphi University)

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From Madrid to Mexico City and later Buenos Aires, Concepción Gimeno de Flaquer was a powerful voice among female Spanish literary circles between the 1870s and the 1910s, both as a journalist and as the founder of such periodicals as “La Ilustración de la Mujer,” “El Álbum de la Mujer,” and “El Álbum Ibero-Americano.” Devoted to the advancement of gender causes, women’s right to vote, and the universal right to education, she was a pioneer of modernity. This book includes a selection of Gimeno de Flaquer’s writings: ten private letters, seven short stories, and seventeen newspaper articles carefully selected for this fully annotated critical edition. Ana I. Simón Alegre puts the author in conversation with contemporary readers through precise historical contextualization, revealing her importance in the fields of gender equality and transatlantic connections in the Spanish-speaking world.

Benita Sampedro Vizcaya
Professor of Spanish colonial studies; Dorothy and Arthur Engle Distinguished Professor in Literature
Hofstra University


This is an accomplished study that effectively achieves its aim to bring visibility and new insight to the life and writings of Concepción Gimeno de Flaquer. The work is thoroughly researched, clearly organized, and well-written. As such, it represents an important contribution to the multiple audiences Simón Alegre aims to reach. The breadth of information and depth of detail in the introductory material is impressive indeed. The author provides valuable insight and fascinating analyses of Gimeno de Flaquer’s life and work.

Dr. Kyra A. Kietrys
Chair & Professor of Hispanic Studies
Davidson College, North Carolina


This critical compilation provides a road map for scholars and students alike to explore the rich – and in many cases, purposefully recycled – writings of Concepción Gimeno de Flaquer. Simón Alegre’s comprehensive approach provides unique insight into Gimeno de Flaquer’s industry and activism, as well as sheds light on the complex web of Trans-Atlantic spaces and economies, personal relationships, and socio-political circles in which she maneuvered. The translations of these texts into English, coupled with the painstaking personal and historical research provided in the notes, open a new gateway for future generations of scholars to chart their own critical approaches to Gimeno de Flaquer’s corpus.

Dr. Nora Lynn Gardner
Professor of Spanish
Lincoln University

This book explores how Concepción Gimeno de Flaquer’s evolution as a writer was closely linked to the development of her political-literary project, in which a feminist activist agenda plays an important role. This critical edition contributes to existing research on Gimeno de Flaquer by examining a collection of texts that have not been studied in-depth.

This monograph-length publication is the first one to feature a translation of significant portions of Gimeno de Flaquer’s work. 'Concepción Gimeno de Flaquer (1850-1919): Her Personal Letters, Short Stories, and Journalism' includes ten letters that Concepción Gimeno wrote to the Spanish actor and theatre entrepreneur Manuel Catalina y Rodríguez (1820-1886), seven short stories, and a selection of her seventeen most representative newspaper articles.

LIST OF FIGURES
ABSTRACT
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
PREFACE
Lou Charnon-Deutsch
Stony Brook University, New York
I. ACTIVIST, EDITOR, JOURNALIST, INTELLECTUAL, AND WRITER: CONCEPCIÓN GIMENO DE FLAQUER IN RETROSPECTIVE
INTRODUCTION
1. BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES
2. NETWORKS IN THE TRAJECTORY OF GIMENO DE FLAQUER
3. MORE THAN A CENTURY OF AUTHORSHIP: HER PERSONAL LETTERS, SHORT STORIES, AND JOURNALISM
3.1. Ten Personal Letters to Manuel Catalina from March to May 1873
3.2. Short Stories: From Living a Life Without Love to Living Life Through a Magic Mirror
3.3. Selection of Journalistic Articles
4. CONCLUSIONS: CONCEPCIÓN GIMENO DE FLAQUER AN ALLY FOR TEACHING
II. TRANSLATOR’S NOTES
III. TEN LETTERS FROM CONCEPCIÓN GIMENO TO MANUEL CATALINA (FROM MARCH TO MAY 1873)
Letter 1
Letter 2
Letter 3
Letter 4
Letter 5
Letter 6
Letter 7
Letter 8
Letter 9
Letter 10
IV. SHORT STORIES OF CONCEPCIÓN GIMENO DE FLAQUER (1879-1908)
Life Without Love. A Letter to a Girlfriend
For Not Loving
The Secret
The Auctioned Kiss
For Pilarica
The Three Veils
The Magic Mirror
V. SELECTED JOURNAL ARTICLES BY CONCEPCIÓN GIMENO DE FLAQUER (1877-1909)
1. DISASTER DRAWER: A LITTLE LOVE, SOME GOOD LUCK, AND A LOT OF CONVERSATION
Love
The Fortune Told
The Quill
Literary Gatherings
2. CONCEPCIÓN GIMENO DE FLAQUER’S ENCOUNTERS WITH MÉXICO AND MEXICAN WOMEN
The Mexican Woman Worker
The Woman Adviser of Hernán Cortés
Women of Jalisco
The Quetzal
Women among the Aztecs
3. THE EVOLUTION OF CONCEPCIÓN GIMENO DE FLAQUER’S FEMINIST THOUGHT
Make Way for Women!
Feminine Culture
Tomorrow’s Woman
The Woman of Madrid
Angel in the House
Feminology
The New Character of Feminism
43,913 Women
BIOGRAPHIES
WORKS CITED
WORKS OF CONCEPCIÓN GIMENO DE FLAQUER
INDEX

Ana I. Simón Alegre is an Assistant Professor at Adelphi University (Center of African, Black and Caribbean Studies; New York). In 2011, she earned her PhD from the Universidad Complutense of Madrid, specializing in Iberian studies, popular culture, gender and sexuality, and transatlantic studies. Professor Simon Alegre’s recent scholarship addresses issues of gender and sexuality in the work of Pre-Spanish Civil War women writers (1873-1936). She is the author of "Prensa, publicidad y masculinidades a través del periódico madrileño, 'El Álbum Ibero-Americano' (1890-1909)" ('Historia y MEMORIA,' 2021), “Algo más que palabras: Investigar y enseñar siguiendo la senda del lenguaje inclusivo,” in 'Por un lenguaje inclusivo: Reflexiones y estudios sobre estrategias no sexistas en la lengua española' (Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española, 2021), and “Face to face with Carmen de Burgos. The influence of other women writers on her career and her work,” in 'Multiple Modernities. Carmen de Burgos: Author and Activist' (Routledge, 2017). She is the editor of the volume 'Del salvaje siglo XIX al inestable siglo XX en las letras trasatlánticas: una mirada retrospectiva a través de hispanista' (Vernon Press, 2022), and she recently co-edited the volume, 'Queer Women in Modern Spanish Literature: Activism, Sexuality, and the Otherness of the ‘chicas raras’' (Routledge, 2022) with Professor Lou Charnon-Deutsch. She is presently preparing a Spanish critical edition of 'Concepción Gimeno de Flaquer’s novellas' for the press Renacimiento. In 2022 Professor Simón Alegre was elected as the president of the Feministas Unidas association (United Feminists).

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