Author: Yonsoo Kim
Teresa de Cartagena endured confinement as a nun, affliction as a deaf person, and isolation as an outcast, but she was finally able to dedicate herself to writing and to voice her suffering in her Arboleda de los enfermos. Her second treatise, Admiraçión operum Dey, offers a defense against her male detractors and demands recognition by men and her society arguing that women had the intellect to write. To illuminate Teresa's distinctiveness as an author and a woman, the book locates her place in a line of European women intellectuals, and presents an indispensible dialogue among female European authors of the early modern age. By tracing her predecessors’ literary and philosophical achievements, we can appreciate the multifaceted characteristics of Teresa’s writings.
Gender and Exemplarity in Medieval and Early Modern Spain gathers a series of studies on the interplay between gender, sanctity and exemplarity in regard to literary production in the Iberian peninsula. The first section examines how women were con¬strued as saintly examples through narratives, mostly composed by male writers; the second focuses on the use made of exemplary life-accounts by women writers in order to fashion their own social identity and their role as authors.
The volume includes studies on relevant models (Mary Magdalen, Virgin Mary, living saints), means of transmission, sponsorship and agency (reading circles, print, patronage), and female writers (Leonor López de Córdoba, Isabel de Villena, Teresa of Ávila) involved in creating textual exemplars for women.

Contributors are: Pablo Acosta-García, Andy Beresford, Jimena Gamba Corradine, Ryan D. Giles, María Morrás, Lesley Towmey, Roa Vidal Doval, and Christopher van Ginhoven.