ABSTRACT

Concha de Albornoz was a queer woman. She embodied three different ways of being queer: Exceptionality, dandyism, and fictionality. As an exception among the women of her time, her life defied the tradition and rejected the expected female place in society. She was an active part of a network of intellectuals before the Spanish Civil War and remained so during her years of exile. Because of her style of dress, Albornoz was often identified as a dandy. She inhabits a place at the boundary of gender identity, a place where she represents the idea of a queer woman through her way of life and sartorial choices. Her dissidence assured her a place as a fictional character since there was no place for her in the history of art and literature in the first half of the twentieth century. Albornoz never wrote a book, and there are neither essays nor papers attributed to her, only some personal letters and the translations of two English-language books. We are thus able to know her only through third-person references, namely descriptions and comments written by those whom she considered to be her friends. For these reasons, Albornoz, as an exception, as a dandy, and as a character, provides an example for reflection on dissidence from a gender perspective, both as a queer woman and as a writer without writings.