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A Laboratory of Her Own

Women and Science in Spanish Culture

Victoria Ketz (editor) Dawn Smith-Sherwood (editor)
Debra Faszer-McMahon (editor)

ISBN: 9780826501288

Publication Date: Dec 2020

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

Gathers diverse voices to address women's interaction with STEM fields in the context of Spanish cultural production. This volume focuses on the many ways the arts and humanities provide avenues for deepening the conversation about how women have been involved in, excluded from, and represented within the scientific realm.
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A Laboratory of Her Own: Women and Science in Spanish Culture gathers diverse voices to address women's interaction with STEM fields in the context of Spanish cultural production. This volume focuses on the many ways the arts and humanities provide avenues for deepening the conversation about how women have been involved in, excluded from, and represented within the scientific realm.

While women's historic exclusion from STEM fields has received increased scrutiny worldwide in recent years, women within the Spanish context have been perhaps even more peripheral given the complex socio-cultural structures emanating from gender norms and political ideologies dominant in the Spanish nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Nonetheless, Spanish female cultural producers have long been engaged with science and technology within the cultural realm, as expressed in literature, art, film, and other areas. Spanish cultural production offers diverse representations of the relationships between women, gender, sexuality, race, and the STEM fields.

A Laboratory of Her Own studies representations of Spanish women (including non-white women) and scientific cultural production from the late nineteenth through the twenty-first centuries. STEM topics include the environment, biodiversity, temporal and spatial theories, medicine and reproductive rights, neuroscience, robotics, artificial intelligence, and quantum physics. These scientific themes and other issues are analyzed in narratives, paintings, poetry, photographs, science fiction, medical literature, translation, newswriting, film, and other forms.

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This is a careful, cogent, fascinating, and well-researched collection of essays about the cultural, historical, and political contexts in which artists and authors interrogated STEM and gender themes in Spain. . . . A groundbreaking collection." - Mary Wyer, editor of Women, Science, and Technology (2014)
Pages 414
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Dec 2020
Publisher Vanderbilt University Press
Subject/s Ethical issues & debates   European history   Science: general issues   Gender studies: women   History of science  
  • Acknowledgments
  • Foreword Roberta Johnson
  • Introduction
  • 'The Story of Women and STEM in Spanish Culture' Victoria L. Ketz, Dawn Smith-Sherwood, & Debra Faszer-McMahon
  • Part I: On Role Models: Female Scientists and Spanish Letters
  •   Chapter One 'Las chicas raras de STEM: Recuperating #WomensPlace in Spanish Literary and Scientific Histories' Dawn Smith-Sherwood
  • Chapter Two '‘The Doctor Is In': Elena Arnedo Soriano (1941-2015), Women's Health, and the Cultural History of Gender and Medicine in Spain' Silvia BermÚdez
  • Chapter Three 'Gender and the Critique of 'Ascientific Traditions': Science as Text and Intertext in Rosa Montero's La ridÍcula idea de no volver a verte' Ellen Mayock
  • Chapter Four 'From la santidad de la escoba to la trinidad higiÉnica: Rosario de AcuÑa (1851-1923) and a More Inclusive Vision of Spain's Public Health Erika M. Sutherland
  • Chapter Five 'Science, History, and Gender: An Interview with MarÍa JesÚs Santesmases' MarÍa JesÚs Santesmases, Victoria L. Ketz and Debra Faszer-McMahon  
  • Part II: On STE(A)M: Integrating Scientific Inquiry into the Cultural Realm
  •   Chapter Six 'Science in the Works of Clara JanÉs: A Poetics of Theoretical (Meta)physics' Debra Faszer-McMahon
  • Chapter Seven 'An Extension of Sympathy: Science and Posthumanism in the Paintings of Remedios Varo' Marta del Pozo Ortea
  • Chapter Eight 'Subversive, Combative, Corrective: Carmen de Burgos' Interventionist Translation of MÖbius' ber den physiologischen Schwachsinn des Weibes [The Mental Inferiority of Women]' Leslie Anne Merced
  • Chapter Nine 'Contrasting Images of Women Scientists in the Early Post-war Period (1940-45) and the Novel MarÍa Elena, ingeniero de caminos by Mercedes Ballesteros Miguel Soler Gallo
  • Chapter Ten 'Unorthodox Theories and Beings: Science, Technology, and Women in the Narratives of Rosa Montero' Maryanne L. Leone  
  • Part III: On Gender: Using STEM to Critique Gendered Roles
  •   Chapter Eleven 'Biotech, BarcelÓ, Bustelo: Reproduction, Motherhood and Gendered Hierarchies in Spanish Science Fiction' Mirla GonzÁlez
  • Chapter Twelve 'Challenging Boundaries of Time, Science, and Gender: Einstein's Theory of Relativity in Mayoral's ‘Admirados colegas'' Victoria L. Ketz
  • Chapter Thirteen 'Technological Portrayals: Framing Fernandinas in the Colonial Context through Photography and Press during the Spanish Second Republic' InÉs Plasencia
  • Chapter Fourteen 'Punishing Narratives: The Challenges of Gender and Scientific Authority in Spanish Science Fiction Film' Raquel Vega-DurÁn
  • Chapter Fifteen 'Rethinking STEM through Digital Spanish Literature: Women, Rupture, and Community in the Works of Remedios Zafra and BelÉn Gache' Parissa Tadrissi
  • Appendix: List of Works by Genre Addressed in this Volume
  • Index
Victoria Ketz is professor of Spanish at La Salle University.

Debra Faszer-McMahon is associate professor of Spanish at Seton Hill University.

Dawn M. Smith-Sherwood is associate professor of Spanish at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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