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Anna Caballé Masforroll


Hospitalet de Llobregat, Spain, 1954

Writer, lecturer and literary critic, she obtained her doctorate from the University of Barcelona with her thesis on autobiographical literature in Spain during the period 1939–1975, which remains her specialist subject. She has been a tenured professor of Spanish literature at the university since 1987, and a visiting professor at Wszechnica Polska (Warsaw), the University of Virginia (United States) and the Pontifical University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS, Brazil). In addition, she was editor of the journal Memoria, Revista de Estudios Biográficos between 1996 and 2007. She held the Tinker Professorship at the University of Chicago in 2016. She is a regular contributor to Babelia, the cultural supplement of newspaper El País, and previously wrote for ABC Cultural. Since 2017, she has been president of Clásicas y Modernas, the association for gender equality in culture.

In addition to La vida escrita por las mujeres (2003), a four-volume collection for which she was a contributor and editor, her published works include Francisco Umbral: El frío de una vida (2004), Cinco conversaciones con Carlos Castilla del Pino (2005), Breve historia de la misoginia (2005), El bolso de Ana Karenina (2008), Carmen Laforet: Una mujer en fuga in collaboration with Israel Rolón (2010), and El feminismo en España (2013). In 2015, she was awarded the Premio Manuel Alvar de Estudios Humanísticos for her essay on the history of personal diary writing in Spain, Pasé la mañana escribiendo: Poéticas del diarismo español; and in 2019, she was presented with the Premio Nacional de Historia de España for the biography Concepción Arenal: La caminante y su sombra.