Self-Fashioning and Assumptions of Identity in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia


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In Self-Fashioning and Assumptions of Identity in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia, editor Laura Delbrugge and contributors Jaume Aurell, David Gugel, Michael Harney, Daniel Hartnett, Mark Johnston, Albert Lloret, Montserrat Piera, Zita Rohr, Núria Silleras-Fernández, Caroline Smith, Wendell P. Smith, and Lesley Twomey explore the applicability of Stephen Greenblatt's self-fashioning theory, framed in Elizabethan England, to medieval and early modern Portugal, Aragon, and Castile. Chapters examine self-fashioning efforts by monarchs, religious converts, nobles, commoners, and clergy in the fourteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth centuries to establish the presence of self-identity creation in many new contexts beyond that explored in Greenblatt's Renaissance Self-Fashioning, greatly expanding the understanding of self-fashioning on diverse aspects of identity creation in late medieval and early modern Iberia.

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Laura Delbrugge, Ph.D. (1996), Pennsylvania State University is Professor of Spanish at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She has published editions on works by Andrés de Li, including Reportorio de los tiempos (Tamesis, 1999) and Thesoro de la passion (Brill, 2011).
"...One of the strengths of this volume is its cohesiveness. Several themes tie various chapters together and the reader has the delight of referring back and forth to chapters as he or she is drawn into the various chapters. [...] As a whole the volume is not only an important contribution to the field, but an impressively cohesive examination of a diverse range of topics."
Samuel Claussen, California Lutheran University, in AARHMS, Books Reviewed,
"...These elegantly written essays, solidly grounded in empirical research and skillfully edited by Laura Delbrugge, test the boundaries of the concept of "self-fashioning" and show it to be a remarkably malleable and useful methodology for the study of identity... It opens the field of research to wider questions of race, gender, and class and in so doing, further integrates the Spanish renaissance into a wider European context.... All twelve essays argue a coherent thesis: Self-fashioning is the result of individual agency, conscious or unconscious, and not just the result of social or structural forces..."
Therese Earenfight, The Medieval Review, 16.10.11,
List of Figures vii
List of Contributors viii
Laura Delbrugge 1
1 Strategies of Royal Self-fashioning: Iberian Kings’ Self-coronations 18
Jaume Aurell
2 Lessons for My Daughter: Self-fashioning Stateswomanship in the Late
Medieval Crown of Aragon 46
Zita Rohr
3 Moor or Mallorquín? Anselm Turmeda’s Ambiguous Identity in the
Cobles de la Divisió del Regne de Mallorca 79
David Gugel
4 The Marques de Santillana’s Library and Literary Reputation 116
Daniel Hartnett
5 Ludology, Self-fashioning, and Entrepreneurial Masculinity in Iberian
Novels of Chivalry 144
Michael Harney
6 In Search of the Author: Self-fashioning and the Gender Debate in
Fifteenth-Century Castile 167
Wendell P. Smith
7 A Theology of Self-fashioning: Hernando de Talavera’s Letter of Advice
to the Countess of Benavente 202
Mark D. Johnston
8 Inside Perspectives: Catalina and João III of Portugal and a Speculum for
a Queen-to-be 226
Núria Silleras-Fernández
9 Forging Renaissance Authorship: Petrarch and Ausiàs March 253
Albert Lloret
10 Conflict or Compromise? Identity and the Cathedral Chapter of
Girona in the Fourteenth Century 277
Caroline Smith
11 Mary Magdalene and Martha: Sor Isabel de Villena’s Self-fashioning
through Constructing Her Community 298
Lesley Twomey
12 Debunking the “Self” in Self-fashioning: Communal Fashioning in the
Cartagena Clan 327
Montserrat Piera
Index 367
Scholars of Iberian history, culture, and literature, especially those interested in applicability of Greenblatt's self-fashioning theory to medieval and Early Modern Iberia; also anyone interested with the development of self-identity.
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