In Spain, the two hundred years that elapsed between the beginning of the early modern period and the final years of the Habsburg Empire saw a profusion of works written by women. Whether secular or religious, noble or middle class, early modern Spanish women actively composed creative works such as poetry, prose narratives, and plays. The Routledge Research Companion to Early Modern Spanish Women Writers covers the broad array of different kinds of writings – literary as well as extra-literary – that these women wrote, taking into consideration their subject positions and the cultural and historical contexts that influenced and were influenced by them. Beyond merely recognizing the individual women authors who had influence in literary, religious, and intellectual circles, this Research Companion investigates their participation in these circles through their writings, as well as the ways in which their texts informed Spain’s cultural production during the early modern period. In order to contextualize women’s writings across the historical and cultural spectrum of early modern Spain, the Research Companion is divided into six sections of general thematic interest: Women’s Worlds; Conventual Spaces; Secular Literature; Women in the Public Sphere; Private Circles; Women Travelers. Each section is subdivided into chapters that focus on specific issues or topics.
"It is a valuable "state of the art" book on Spanish women’s cultural history that advances answers to questions raised by previous work in the field while also defining a model for productive collaboration in the academy across national borders. It mostly certainly merits publication."
"This impressive and wide-ranging reference work will certainly be considered the go-to guide for students who require critical introductions to early modern Spanish women writers and for scholars seeking to build upon the avenues of research it announces."
"In their Routledge Research Companion to Early Modern Spanish Women Writers, Nieves Baranda and Anne Cruz have compiled a critical resource that is not only an important compendium of the growing number of early modern Spanish women writers, but also a guide to the breadth and depth of feminist scholarship on those creative women."
- Allyson M. Poska, Bulletin of the Comediantes
"Each article concludes helpfully with suggestions of important work that is still needed and an ample bibliography that documents existing sources to help current and future scholars in carrying out that work […] it should be included in every college and university library."
- Margaret R. Greer, Duke University, Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal
Introduction, Nieves Baranda Leturio and Anne J. Cruz
SECTION I: WOMEN’S WORLDS
SECTION II: CONVENTUAL SPACES
SECTION III: SECULAR LITERATURE
SECTION IV: WOMEN IN THE PUBLIC SPHERE
SECTION V: PRIVATE CIRCLES
SECTION VI: WOMEN TRAVELERS