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Disabled bodies in early modern Spanish literature : prostitutes, aging women and saints / Encarnación Juárez-Almendros.

Author/Creator:
Juárez Almendros, Encarnación author.
Publication:
Liverpool : Liverpool University Press, 2017.
Format/Description:
Book
201 pages ; 24 cm.
Series:
Representations ; 7
Representations ; 7
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Subjects:
Spanish literature -- Classical period, 1500-1700 -- History and criticism.
Women with disabilities in literature.
Women in literature.
Sex role in literature.
Summary:
Examines the concept and roles of women in selected Spanish discourses and literary texts from the late fifteenth to the seventeenth centuries from the perspective of feminist disability theories. This study explores a wide range of Spanish medical, regulatory and moral discourses, illustrating how such texts inherit, reproduce and propagate an amalgam of Western traditional concepts of female embodiment. It goes on to examine concrete representations of deviant female characters, focusing on the figures of syphilitic prostitutes and physically decayed aged women in literary texts such as "Celestina," "Lozana andaluza," and selected works by Cervantes and Quevedo. Finally, an analysis of the personal testimony of Teresa de Ávila, a nun suffering from neurological disorders, complements the discussion of early modern women's disability. By expanding the meanings of contemporary theories of materiality and the social construction of disability, the book concludes that - paradoxically - femininity, bodily afflictions and mental instability characterized the new literary heroes at the very time Spain was at the apex of its imperial power. Ultimately, as this study shows, the broken female bodies of pre-industrial Spanish literature reveal the cracks in the foundational principles of power and established truths.
Contents:
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The creation of female disability: medical, prescriptive and moral discourses
The artifice of syphilitic and damaged female bodies in literature
The disabling of aging female bodies: midwives, procuresses, witches and the monstrous mother
Historical testimony of female disability: the neurological impairment of Teresa de Ávila
Conclusion
Works cited
Index.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages [170]-194) and index (pages [195]-201)
ISBN:
1786940787
9781786940780
OCLC:
988166993