Congratulations to Ashgate author Shirley Mangini of California State University whose book Maruja Mallo and the Spanish Avant-Garde was selected for an Honorable mention in the ASHAHS Eleanor Tufts Award 2012.
This analysis of Mallo’s unique life and extraordinary art is set against the complicated social and political backdrop of interwar Madrid. Shirley Mangini highlights the struggle of Mallo and other women artists against the rampant misogyny of both Spanish culture and the avant-garde community of the time.
The effects of the Spanish Civil War are also analyzed-in Mallo’s case, Franco’s victory forced her into exile in South America for almost 30 years, with profound effects on her art and her life.
Added to this rich context, the author’s numerous interviews with members of the Mallo family provide essential new background material.
About the Author: Shirley Mangini is Professor Emerita of Spanish at California State University, Long Beach. She has also taught at Yale, Stanford and the University of New Mexico. Her books include Memories of Resistance: Women’s Voices from the Spanish Civil War (1995) and Las modernas de Madrid (2001).