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, Andrew M. Beresford, Jimena Gamba Corradine, Ryan D. Giles, María Morrás, Lesley K. Twomey, Roa Vidal Doval, and Christopher van Ginhoven Rey.
María Morrás, Ph.D. (1992), is Professor of Hispanic Literature at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, and Special Lecturer at Magdalen College, Oxford. Her publications include numerous critical editions and studies on medieval literature. She has edited special issues on
La configuración de la santidad femenina en los siglos XVI y XVII (2015) and
Santa Teresa (with R. Sanmartín, 2016).
Rebeca Sanmartín Bastida, Ph.D. (2000), is Professor of Spanish Literature at the Universidad Complutense, Madrid. She has published on Spanish visionary women, including editions of María de Santo Domingo’s
Revelaciones (with María Luengo Balbás, 2014),
Libro de la Oración (with María Victoria Curto Hernández, 2019), and written various monographs.
Yonsoo Kim, Ph.D. (2006), is Associate Professor of Spanish at Purdue University. She works on gender and religion in medieval and Golden Age literature, with a special interest in disability. She is the author of a monograph in this series,
Between Desire and Passion: Teresa de Cartagena (2012).
Rebeca Sanmartín Bastida and Yonsoo Kim Abbreviations
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Saints Textual: embodying Female Exemplarity in Spanish Literature
Part 1: Rewriting Models
1Hagiography, Corporeality, and the Gaze: sexual/Ascetic Tension in the
Vida de Santa María Egipciaca Andrew M. Beresford
2Under Suspicion: Mary Magdalene in Late Medieval Castile, Virtuous and Illustrious?
3Discernment of Spirits and Spiritual Authority: the
Tractatus de vita spirituali and Its Afterlife
Rosa Vidal Doval
4Women Prophets for a New World: Angela of Foligno, “Living Saints”, and the Religious Reform Movement in Cardinal Cisneros’s Castile
5Models of Female Spirituality in Sixteenth-century Spain: Women Accused of Lutheranism
Jimena Gamba Corradine
Part 2: Inscribing Models
6“No hay quien vele a Alonso”:
Imitatio Mariae and the Problem of Conversion in Leonor López de Córdoba’s
Memorias Ryan D. Giles
7Speaking of Heaven in Conventual Women’s Writing (Constanza de Castilla, Teresa de Cartagena, Isabel de Villena, and Teresa de Jesús)
Lesley K. Twomey
8Torn to Pieces: textual Destruction in Teresa de Jesús’s
Vida Christopher van Ginhoven Rey
All interested on the history of female religiosity, on female literacy, and history of women in the 15th and 16th centuries, with special attention to the Iberian peninsula.