The Lives of Women
A New History of Inquisitional Spain
Publication Year: 2005
Published by: Vanderbilt University Press
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Research support for this book was provided by many sources, including postdoctoral fellowships from the Monticello College Foundation at the Newberry Library and an Ahmanson-Getty Post-doctoral Fellowship from UCLA’s William Andrews Clark Memorial Library and the Center for Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Studies. Wayne State University gave me several research leaves, which allowed me to finish the book. Numerous grants from the university’s general research ...
The Lives of Women: A New History of Inquisitional Spain begins with the most basic of questions. What did it mean to be a woman in Spain’s early modern period? Part I, “Defining Gender: The Inquisition,” examines two Inquisition cases that share a fundamental concern with the definitions of gender and....
In the late sixteenth century, Spanish inquisitors asked Mar
Part I. Defining Gender
1. “I am a man and a woman”
In 1605, do
2. Bernarda Manuel
On a November day in 1650, a thirty-four-year-old woman was taken to an Inquisition chamber, where, to avoid torture, she declared her innocence and informed her jailers that she had “the curse of women”—her...
Part II. Imagining Gender
3. Women in Fiction
The trial records of Elenora de C
4. Women Onstage
In an age in which probably less than one-quarter of the population could read, reactions to writers like María de Zayas and Mariana de Carvajal would have come primarily from people who heard texts read aloud to them. Nonetheless, the authors’ principal...
Part III. Women’s Worlds
5. Nuns as Writers
The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries saw significant change in women’s literary activity on the Iberian Peninsula. We have seen that the public book market provided a space for a few privileged, talented women, such as Ana...
6. Nuns as Mothers
We who live in the secular world often imagine life in convents as mysterious and far removed from everyday experience. It often is easier to imagine the lives of people like Elenora de C
Part IV. Women’s Networks
7. Single Women
While early modern culture legitimized the roles of nun, wife, and mother, some women neither entered the convent nor married. Others became single through separation or abandonment. These phenomena created two categories...
8. Toward a History of Women’s Education
The endeavor of recovering women’s textual history necessarily involves an investigation of literacy and education. To date, no research synthesizes the roles women played in the educational sphere, yet we know that they advised...
Perhaps because some consider Spain slightly backward—a poor stepchild to the rest of western Europe—people often express incredulity when they discover that Spanish women wrote in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Did women in....
Page Count: 256
Publication Year: 2005
OCLC Number: 592756213
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