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Author Juárez Almendros, Encarnación, author.

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

Publication Info. Liverpool : Liverpool University Press, 2017.


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Series Representations ; 7
Note Introduction1. The Creation of Female Disability: Medical, Prescriptive and Moral Discourses2. The Artifice of Syphilitic and Damaged Female Bodies in Literature3. The Disabling of Aging Female Bodies: Midwives, Procuresses, Witches and the Monstrous Mother4. Historical Testimony of Female Disability: The Neurological Impairment of Teresa de Avila ConclusionsWorks CitedIndex.
Contents 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.
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."--Page 4 of cover.
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Subject Spanish literature -- Classical period, 1500-1700 -- History and criticism.
Women with disabilities in literature.
Women in literature.
Sex role in literature.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- European -- Spanish & Portuguese.
Sex role in literature. (OCoLC)fst01114649
Spanish literature -- Classical period. (OCoLC)fst01711000
Women in literature. (OCoLC)fst01177912
Women with disabilities in literature. (OCoLC)fst01178693
Literary theory.
Chronological Term 1500-1700
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc. (OCoLC)fst01411635
Other Form: Print version: 9781786940780
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