Spanish Women in the Golden Age: Images and Realities

Spanish Women in the Golden Age: Images and Realities

Spanish Women in the Golden Age: Images and Realities

Spanish Women in the Golden Age: Images and Realities

Excerpt

This volume seeks to attain two methodological goals. First, to offer new results of current research on the history of women in Early Modern Spain. Second, to provide an interdisciplinary view, through articles about literature and psychoanalysis, social, political, religious, and artistic history, by respected specialists from different countries, including the United States, France, and Spain, and from different historical and literary schools. This book clearly enlightens the debate around this newly developing field and demonstrates, through refined and accurate analysis, that women's history and gender history are two inseparable parts of a same, until now, too neglected ensemble.

In Early Modern Spain, church and state, helped by the powerful Inquisition, rapidly extended their ascendancy from the control of basic expression of faith to the domain of daily life, of personal privacy and inside this sphere, sexual behaviors. Women were not spared in this general domestication of minds and bodies. In a patriarchal society, on the contrary, all eyes were focused on their writings, talk, body and its image, sexuality, and faith, even their dreams and visions. What the authors of this book, Spanish Women in the Golden Age: Images and Realities, point out very well, however, is that women successfully struggled to be listened to, and to save, conquer, or increase, when it was possible, a space of liberty in which they could promote their own agenda in Early Modern Spain.

In this collection, Spanish women are first put in perspective within a socio-religious context. Caught between scorn, fear, misogyny, shame, guilt . . .

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.