Since its creation in 1988, the BBC has published a total of 53 titles throughout its brief journey, then paralyzed for almost 30 years, whose literary spectrum ranges from the roots of Canarian letters, such as ballads or traditional lyrics, until the 80s of the 20th century, but of which only two volumes corresponded to works written by women: Poemas de la isla, by Josefina de la Torre and El ravine, by Nivaria Tejera.
In light of this discriminatory disparity, the Culture area has focused its objective of balancing this collection from the first phase of its recovery with the publication of, in principle, some thirty works by Canarian writers, which remedy “the almost null presence of women writers ”, as Juan Márquez, Deputy Minister of Culture of the Government of the Canary Islands, stated yesterday during the official presentation of this first literary session within the framework of the book event at Espacio La Granja, in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
The BBC begins this stage with ten titles by authors from the Islands at a price of 5 euros
“This was a necessary and fundamental commitment to continue claiming and disseminating the contributions of women writers to Canarian letters”, declared yesterday Blanca Hernández, a professor at the ULPGC and researcher at the head of the BBC, who underlines that “women in the literature is still on the margins ”. With an outstanding research career dedicated to making the works of female writers in the Canary Islands visible, Hernández remarked that “literature does not have sex, or perhaps it does, but it is inevitably drawn by gender stereotypes that continue to confine both women and men. to men in a series of clichés that does not grant them the freedom to be themselves and themselves ”. “And there is a parallel story written by women but underground, which is also part of the history of Humanity and which is confirmed through books, and it is urgent to know and recognize them,” he concluded.
The event at La Granja also featured yesterday with the presence of Sylvia Jaén, Deputy Minister of Equality and Diversity, who has led an important work dedicated to applying the gender perspective in a transversal way in all government bodies, including the production area. Canarian culture. “Personally, it has been very exciting as a feminist and reader to see this edition where we recover or, at least, alleviate a historical discrimination within the Canarian letters, which is the scarce recognition of the authorship and worth of the writers in their production and defined commitment , such as the BBC ”, he declared.
The first 10 volumes of this new stage include both reissues of classics and unpublished works, assigned to different genres and languages, whose titles and authors are: Complete Poetry, by Pilar Lojendio; Looking for B, by Esperanza Cifuentes; Theater, by Pino Ojeda; The country of my fan, by Elsa López; Anthology, by Olga Rivero Jordán; Fire of no one, by Verónica García; Twelve moons of Eros, by Cecilia Domínguez; Province of pain, by Silvia Rodríguez; April’s daughter, by Isabel Medina; and I loved Toshiro Mifune, by Tina Suárez Rojas.
The selection of the authors and their works has been carried out by an advisory council made up of professors attached to the universities of both Canary provinces: Ángeles Mateo del Pino, (professor at the ULPGC, and Isabel Castells Molina and María Eugenia Monzón Perdomo, full professors of the ULL.
“Women in literature continue to be on the margins,” says Blanca Hernández
The meeting at La Granja had the participation of three of the leading writers of this essential stage of the BBC yesterday: Tina Suárez Rojas, Elsa López and Isabel Medina, who put the finishing touch to the literary celebration with the reading of some poems and extracts Of his works.
Josefina de la Torre
For its part, the program designed by the Government of the Canary Islands within the framework of Book Day was rounded off yesterday with the streaming presentation of the book Las novelas de Laura de Cominges, which brings together the 11 novels that Josefina de la Torre published under that pseudonym between 1938 and 1944, together with another unpublished work preserved in his personal archive at the Pérez Galdós House-Museum. The presentation has been in charge of the researcher Fran Garcera. In addition, since yesterday, the monographic magazine dedicated to Natalia Sosa Ayala, Día de las Letras Canarias 2021, is already available in the Day of Letters section of the Biblioteca de Canarias website.
All in all, Márquez announced yesterday that this year aid to bookstores will be announced for the first time, as well as new public calls to support creation and translation, together with the creation of an audio library, in collaboration with local and island corporations, as well as with the network of libraries, to promote literature and culture in the islands.