Women Writers of Early Modern Spain

Sophia's Daughters

By Barbara Mujica
(Yale University Press, Hardcover, 9780300092578, 365pp.)

Publication Date: March 2004

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This fascinating collection is the first to gather together a wide variety of works by Spanish women writers of the Golden Age. In the fourteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth centuries, the cloister was a refuge for women with intellectual aspirations. A few of these women produced biographies of founding sisters, histories of their orders, and even poetry and theater. Most of these writings were never published, and only now are researchers beginning to unearth and transcribe them. Barbara Mujica provides an ample introduction to the volume in English, placing early modern Spanish women's writting within the broader context of Europe of the time. The remaining text is in Spanish, and for each of the selections Mujica offers an introduction with biographical and critical information.
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