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Akiko Tsuchiya
Washington University (St. Louis, MO 63130-4899)

Summer Stipends
Research Programs

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$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2019 – 6/30/2019

Spanish Women of Letters in the Nineteenth-century Antislavery Movement: Transnational Networks and Exchanges

Research and writing leading to publication of a book about Spanish women writers and the transnational antislavery movement of the nineteenth century.

This project examines the social and cultural place of Spanish women of letters in the transnational antislavery movement of the nineteenth century, showing the ways in which abolitionist women reconciled their activism with their traditional gender roles—as mothers, wives, and religious believers—and negotiated their relationship to (masculine) liberal discourse. Drawing on recent developments in gender and post-colonial theories, this study raises questions about women’s shifting role in the liberal public sphere, the crucial function of their transnational networks in achieving their political objectives, and their often ambivalent relationship to the subaltern communities for which they were presumably advocating. My work elucidates the different ways in which these women engaged, negotiated and, at times, contested existing gender and racial paradigms as they participated in the antislavery debate, both nationally and transnationally.