Trallero Cordero, Maria del Mar (2004-12). La huella de la amistad en los exilios de Concha M?ndez. Master's Thesis. | Thesis individual record

The poet, dramatist, and scriptwriter Concha Méndez (1898-1986), like many of the women of the Spanish Generation of 27, has been forgotten by the scholars that have been working in this generation. Few articles analyze the work done by Concha Méndez, but there are still some of Méndez’s texts that are unknown and so many questions about her work that we already know. As far as we know Méndez was influenced by her generation’s colleagues, such as the poets Alberti and Lorca. We don’t know anything about the influence from her women colleagues. Concha Méndez was not only supported by her family, but she was condemned and rejected for being a woman who did not follow the social rules in those times in Spain. But she decided to be a poet and an independent woman. In order to pursue that, she had to suffer exile many times during her life. In her first exile Méndez met Maruja Mallo, a painter who was always breaking the socials rules and fighting for the liberation of women. Together they enjoyed an intellectual life and they contributed to enrich it and to destroy the image of woman as an obedient and submissive mother and wife. After that experience, she traveled to Argentina. She was in her second exile when she met Consuelo Berges, a writer. Berges offered her friendship to Méndez and also her influence in intellectual circles. Later, when Méndez had to suffer political exile after the Spanish Civil War, she reinforced her friendship with María Zambrano, a philosopher who also lived in exile and who was always there to advise her about her works and support her from the pain of many personal incidents. All these friendships are traces in her work. My thesis is going to study all these traces in order to better know Méndez’s works and also to expand the study of the women in the Generation of 27, which has been studied from a man’s perspective very well but still lacks study from a woman’s point of view.

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