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The Lives of Women: A New History of Inquisitional Spain

The Lives of Women: A New History of Inquisitional Spain (Paperback)

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Recovering voices long relegated to silence, "The Lives of Women" deciphers the responses of women to the culture of control in seventeenth-century Spain. In this new history of Inquisitional Spain, Lisa Vollendorf incorporates convent texts, Inquisition cases, biographies, and women's literature to reveal a previously unrecognized boom in women's writing between 1580 and 1700. During this period, more women wrote for the public book market and participated in literary culture than ever before. In addition, the rise in convents and female education contributed to a marked increase in texts produced by and about women in religious orders. Vollendorf argues that, in conjunction with Inquisition and legal documents, this wealth of writing offers unprecedented access to women's perspectives on life in early modern Spain, and that those perspectives encompass diverse ethnic backgrounds and class differences. Many of the documents touch on issues of sex and intimacy; others provide new ways of understanding religious practice in the period.

Perhaps most important, these writings give a richly textured view of how women reacted to the dominant culture's attempts to define, limit, and contain femininity. Vollendorf shows that the texts reflect a shared preoccupation with redefining gender and creating legitimate spaces for women.

History & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsSocial & cultural historyLGBT & Gender StudiesGender studiesGender studies: womenPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesEthical issues & debatesEthical issues: prostitution & sex industryPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groups Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press Publication Date: 01/02/2007 ISBN-13: 9780826514820  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Lisa Vollendorf is associate professor of Spanish at California State University, Long Beach. Author of Reclaiming the Body: Maria de Zayas's Early Modern Feminism (2001), she also is editor of Literatura y feminismo en Espana: siglos XV-XXI (2005) and Recovering Spain's Feminist Tradition (2001).

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