March 25th, 2021 (15:00 - 16:30 Boston | 20:00 – 21:30 Madrid) 

Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of her death, the Observatorio pays homage to one of 19th-century Spain's great writers, Emilia Pardo Bazán (1851-1921), author of nineteen novels, some six hundred short stories, as well as various plays, essays, and countless articles. Her creative energy was matched by her role as literary critic–publishing her own literary journal and introducing Naturalism and the Russian novel into Spain–and as standard bearer for women’s rights in fin-de-siècle Spain. This session will explore the passions, struggles, people and places that shaped her personal life and literary career through a discussion with Zaza Ceballos and Francisca González Arias, punctuated by clips from Ceballos’ film La Condesa Rebelde.

Zaza Ceballos is a film and television producer and director with more than 25 years of experience. Among the films she has directed and/or produced are those in her series on relevant women: La Condesa Rebelde, and others such as Concepción Arenal, la visitadora de Cárceles; Margarita Xirgú, la Actriz; Rosalía de Castro; and Elisa y Marcela (directed by Isabel Coixet). She has also produced documentaries and prepared teaching material on these women for pedagogical use. Francisca González Arias teaches at Boston University and the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.She received her PhD from Harvard University with a dissertation on Pardo Bazán which culminated in her book Portrait of a Woman as Artist: Emilia Pardo Bazán and the Modern Novel in Spain and France. She has published articles on the author’s letters to Benito Pérez Galdós and Edmond de Goncourt, on the mark of the Russian novel and French Naturalism on the author’s work, and on her corpus of Galician stories. 

Language: Spanish  

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