Based on clerical ideals of female comportment and Golden Age playwrights’ fixation on questions of honor, modern scholarship, whether historical or literary, has viewed women as subjects and objects of patriarchal control. This study analyzes tensions and contradictions produced by the interplay of patriarchal norms and the realities of widows’ daily lives to demonstrate that in Castile patriarchy did not exist as a monolithic force, which rigidly enforced an ideology of female incapacity. The extensive analysis of archival documents shows widows actively engaged in their families and communities, confounding images of their reclusion and silence. Widows’ autonomy and authority were desirable attributes that did not collide with the demands of a society that recognized the contingent nature of patriarchal norms.
Widowhood in Early Modern Spain
Edited by Harald E. Braun, University of Liverpool and Lisa Vollendorf, San José State University
Theorising the Ibero-American Atlantic offers fresh and challenging perspectives on the Atlantic turn in Hispanic and Latin American studies. Contributors, while mindful of its limits, explore and establish the viability and value of the Ibero-American Atlantic as a framework of enquiry.
In Illuminating in Micrography, Dalia-Ruth Halperin analyzes the Catalan Micrography Maḥzor, a fourteenth-century Barcelonan manuscript, in depth revealing the close association between the micrography full-page panel images and the texts used to create them, which reflect a Jewish ...
Katja Vehlow, University of South Carolina
Dorot ‘Olam (Generations of the Ages), written by Abraham ibn Daud of Toledo (c. 1110-1180) is one of the most influential historical works of medieval Hebrew literature. This edition shows how the work asserts the superiority of rabbinic Judaism and the central role of Iberia for the Jewish ...
Stacey Schlau, West Chester University of Pennsylvania
In Gendered Crime and Punishment, Stacey Schlau examines the trial records of several women accused before the Hispanic Inquisitions, in order to shed light not only on their words and actions, but also on the ideological underpinnings and mechanisms of the societies in which they lived.
Teresa de Cartagena's distinctive writing locates her place in a line of European women intellectuals, presenting an indispensible dialogue among her peers of the early modern age. Tracing her predecessors’ achievements, we can appreciate the multifaceted characteristics of Teresa's writings.
Using new inquisitorial sources, this study examines the complexities revolving around transgenderism and the construction of gender identity in the early modern Iberian World and the self-perception of individuals whose behaviour, whether consciously or unconsciously, flouted social and sexual ...
Edited by Amy Aronson-Friedman and Gregory B. Kaplan
This collection of essays reveals the diversity of the impact on late medieval and Golden Age Spanish literature of the socio-religious dichotomy that came to exist between conversos (New Christians), who were perceived as inferior because of their Jewish descent, and Old Christians, who ...
This bibliography is a supplement to the three volumes previously published by Brill. This one covers material from 2007 to 2009. The chronology covers form the fourth to the eighth century. All of the Iberian Church Fathers are represented as in the previous ones. The book contains author and ...
Reconstructing the workings of colonial Spanish bureaucracy in the production of reports on individuals’ achievements, this book explores the interrelation of state-induced curricula vitae and individuals’ endeavor to outsmart this system in the genesis of modern forms of literature.
This book explores the peculiarities of the Bishopric of Calahorra’s eleventh- and twelfth-century institutional development, and their profound relationship to the see’s location on a highly volatile frontier between the emergent and fiercely competitive Christian kingdoms of north-eastern Iberia.
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