Women Writers of Spain

Spring 2012

Listed in: Spanish, as SPAN-232  |  Women's and Gender Studies, as WAGS-232; Sara J. Brenneis (Section 01)

Questions about research in this course? Contact Dunstan C. McNutt.

  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Web Resources
  • Citing Sources

Databases: Find articles, book chapters, e-books

Discover: Start here for books, articles & more (beta)
Simultaneously search research databases plus the Five Colleges Libraries Catalog to find full-text articles, books and more.

MLA International Bibliography (1926 to present)
Covers critical scholarship on literature, language, linguistics, and folklore.

Literature Resource Center
Full-text critical studies, biographies of authors; covers all genres, all time periods, and all regions.

Women's Studies International (1972 to present)
Interdisciplinary, covers the latest scholarship in feminist research.

Catalog of the Biblioteca Nacional de España:
Look at the holdings of the major library in Spain. Don't forget to search in Spanish.

Google Scholar
To get to full text we have in subscription databases, be sure to set your Scholar Preferences to use Amherst library links:




Real Academia Española: diccionarios
Outstanding Spanish dictionaries  online

A selection of online Spanish dictionaries from the newspaper El Mundo

Enciclopedia universal
This site offers resources in Spanish for all ages in two unique interfaces, each with its own comprehensive encyclopedia.

Women Writers of Spain: an Annotated Bio-Bibliographical Guide  (Reference PQ 6055 W67 1986):
An alphabetical list of women writers from the 14th to the 20th century. Brief notes on authors; lists of works with annotations.

Feminist Encyclopedia of Spanish Literature (Reference 6055 F46 2002):

Articles about authors, topics, individual works, etc., all from a  "feminist" perspective. Use the information offered; take care to form your own opinions.

Cambridge Companion to Modern Spanish Culture:
Substantial survey essays on literature, history, arts, media, and more.  Current through late 1990's.

Historical Dictionary of Modern Spain, 1700-1988.  (Reference DP 192 H57 1990):
Quick information about events, people, parties, and more.

Encyclopedia of Contemporary Spanish Culture (DP 233.5 E63 1999):
Alphabetically arranged entries that cover places, people, performing arts, politics, and much more. Some further reading suggested.

In addition to the reference sources listed above, two anthologies have been placed on reserve for this course:

  • Patt, Beatrice P. Shapiro. Spanish Literature: 1700-1900. Reprint ed. Prospect Heights, Ill: Waveland, 1989. Print. Call number: PQ6174 .P36 1989
  • Women Writers of Early Modern Spain: Sophia’s Daughters. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004. Call number: PQ 6173 .W66 2004

Web Resources

A Celebration of Women Writers: Writers from Spain:
A long list of Spanish women writers, with some links to other websites. Use it for new names.

Citing Sources

Be sure to credit the sources you use for a research project -- whether printed books and journals or online texts, websites, etc. If you are not familiar with MLA format, Purdue's Online Writing Lab (OWL) is a great resource. The library has a copy of The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers at the Reference Desk, as well as an online version (come see us at the reference desk for the username and password).