Permanence and Evolution of Behavior in Golden Age Spain

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The book is divided into three parts: Religious Control and its Limits in the Iberian World; Images of the Body in Spanish Society; and Women, Gender, and Family in Hapsburg Spain. These nine thought-provoking essays are revised versions of papers originally presented at the 1990 Annual Meeting of the Society for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies in New Orleans.


"The usefulness of the book is greatly enhanced by a complete bibliography of works cited (which serves as a good register of the most recent feminist criticism on the Golden Age) and by an extensive index of names, titles and topics. . . each [essay] does present a new and insightful approach to its topic. . . . one captures an accurate view of the new approaches and methodologies for Spanish Golden-Age thought prevalent in criticism today." - Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (LXXII:1, Jan 1995)

"Through carefully researched and finely written essays, Religion, Body and Gender in Early Modern Spain contributes responses to questions not heretofore asked about Spanish life and letters. . . . These range from the political and economic nature of the frontier/s between Christians and Moslems; the dialectical quality of sixteenth-century exhortations to silence for women; and the polemical appreciation of the humiliated eremitical body to tracts on superstition and witchcraft; the psychology of sixteenth-century blasphemy; and issues of gender and sexual transgression inscribed in ballad variants; among many others. . . . offering provocative and challenging analyses and speculations about historical experience and its expression in both hegemonic and marginalized discourses." - Teresa S. Soufas, author of Melancholy and the Secular Mind in Spanish Golden Age Literature

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