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The Ateneo Libre dedicates its Wednesday lecture to the figure of Emilia Pardo Bazán

After the success of the first cinema forum organized in collaboration with the Cine Club Más Madera, the Ateneo Libre continues with its cycle of conferences on Wednesdays, at 7:00 p.m., at the Casa de la Cultura.

This week, attendees will be able to enjoy the presentation on Emilia Pardo Bazán by the professor of literature at the University of Málaga and doctor of Philosophy and Letters, Antonio García Velasco.

García Velasco has to his credit numerous publications on poetry, narrative, children’s literature, teaching books, text comment methods, philological studies with computer procedures and essays.

The professor will delve into the figure of Emilia Pardo Bazán (1851-1921), who is considered the best Spanish novelist of the 19th century and one of the most outstanding writers in our literary history.

In addition to novels and short stories, Pardo Bazán wrote travel books, dramatic works, poetic compositions and made numerous journalistic collaborations, through which his presence was constant in the Spain of his time. With his work and with his life, he revealed the ability of women to occupy the same positions in society as men, without renouncing the specifically feminine.

Pardo Bazán began to write from her childhood  because she had access to an extensive family library and her father, José Pardo Bazán, a liberal, favored his daughter’s literary vocation.

It was in the twentieth century when he established his literary fame. Thus, in 1906 she was appointed president of the Literature Section of the Ateneo de Madrid, being the first woman to hold this position. Four years later, she was appointed Minister of Public Instruction and in 1916 she received the post of Professor of Neo-Latin Languages ​​at the University of Madrid. Novelist, short story writer, essayist, literary critic and teacher, she wrote about the most innovative ideas of her time.

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