Strange Girls: Spanish Women's Voices

Fall 2013

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, Missy Roser.

  • Overview
  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Web Resources
  • Citing Sources


You will be using the 5 Colleges Catalog to locate many of the texts for your anthology. If you identify texts that are not available in the 5 Colleges, try searching WorldCat in order to place an interlibrary loan request. Usually the author's last name and the title will be sufficient to locate the text. 

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.



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


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.

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

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

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.

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


  • Doce Relatos de Mujeres. Madrid: Alianza Editorial, 1982. Print. Call number: PQ6257 .D62 1982
  • Patt, Beatrice P. Shapiro. Spanish Literature: 1700-1900. Reprint ed. Prospect Heights, Ill: Waveland, 1989. Print. Call number: PQ6174 .P36 1989
  • Poetisas Españolas: Antología GeneralMadrid: Ediciones Torremozas, 1996. Print. Call number: PQ6177 .P64 1996
  • Twentieth Century Spanish Poets. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1994. Print. Call number: PQ6085 .T88 1994
  • Twentieth Century Spanish Fiction WritersFarmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2006. Print. Call number: PQ6144 .T94 2005
  • Women Writers of Early Modern Spain: Sophia’s Daughters. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004. Call number: PQ 6173 .W66 2004


Real Academia Española: diccionarios
Outstanding Spanish dictionaries  online

A selection of online Spanish dictionaries from the newspaper El Mundo

Web Resources

The Atlantis Project: Women & Words in Spain, 1890-1936
This index provides a basic biographical summary for each writer who appears in The Atlantis Project database, organized alphabetically by surname. It is a work in progress, and not all of the information is available for all of the writers. 

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).