Taking stock

Taking Stock As part of #AcWriBloMo, an academic writing blogging month where the aim is to write a blog post a week and to keep it up, I’ve been challenged to write a post about ‘taking stock’.    Milestones This week I finished the first full draft of my PhD thesis. I use the term ‘finished’ loosely,…

Les Corts

Les Corts Women’s Prison (1936 – 1955)   Built during the eighteenth century by the Durán family, Les Corts was originally a large family home with significant grounds. It is situated in the same place as the Corte Ingles building, on Avenida Diagonal.   In 1886 the building changed hands. Can Durán was then used…

Ángeles García-Madrid

Ángeles García-Madrid (1918 – present)   Born in Torrejón de Ardoz, just outside Madrid, Ángeles grew up in the city. At the age of 13 she began working as a dressmaker to bring in money for the family, during which she became interested in poetry after a client showed her an original poem.   Aged…

“All of Spain was a prison”: Female prisons under Franco

During the Civil War (1936-1939) and the Francoist dictatorship (1939-1975), prisons across Spain housed thousands of women for (suspected) political dissent. Franco’s prisons were typically single-sex institutions. Although some were equipped with facilities such as individual cells, bathrooms and showers, and even, in the case of Ventas, a library, these facilities were infrequently usable. Rather,…

Pilar Fidalgo

Earlier this week I wrote a little post about the short text A Young Mother in Franco’s Prisons (1939) written by the little-known Pilar Fidalgo. After searching online, I have really struggled to find any information about her, but here is a brief summary of her life. Pilar Fidalgo Carasa was born in 1903 in the town…