Amatxi, Amuma, Amona: Writings in Honor of Basque Women

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Linda White, Cameron Watson
Center for Basque Studies, University of Nevada, Reno, 2003 - Social Science - 183 pages
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This publication brings together eleven essays on Basque women - their personal and collective stories - from the Basque Country of Europe to Basque settlements in the American West, Latin America, and Australia. This diverse collection focuses on identity, specifically Basque identity, together with the contribution of these women to their communities and to the maintenance of their culture. As the introduction states, Basque women have played strong, diverse roles within their cultures, both that of the Basque Country and that of the Basque community spread throughout the world. The voices that have contributed to this volume pay homage to those roles in different ways. We begin with two works of fiction by Basque-American writers, each recounting a tale of childhood shaped by Basque grandmothers. The other writings are loosely arranged to carry us from fiction to personal recollection and finally to the purely academic.

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Linda White spent fifteen years studying Euskara in preparation for delving into Basque literature in order to obtain a Ph.D. in Basque Studies (Language and Literature). She has been with the Center for Basque Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno since 1981, during which time she co-authored the English-Basque Dictionary (1990) and the Basque-English English-Basque Dictionary (1992), both with Gorka Aulestia. She has also translated several books by and about Basques, co-edited various volumes of essays, and written many articles about Basque literature. She teaches Basque at the University of Nevada, Reno and is preparing a self-teaching textbook for English speakers who wish to learn the language but have no access to classroom instruction.

Cameron Watson has a Ph.D. in Basque Studies (History) from the University of Nevada, Reno. and was Assistant Professor of History there from 1996 to 1999. He currently teaches in the Basque Country, both at Mondragsn University and for the University Studies Abroad Consortium program at the University of the Basque Country. He also teaches an online class on modern Basque history for UNR's Independent Learning. His research interests include Basque and Iberian culture and history, Celtic identity and nationalism, modern European history and the impact of modernity on European society, nationalism and the construction of cultural identity, and ethnic conflict and political violence.

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