Women Writers of Early Modern Spain

Women Writers of Early Modern Spain Cover

Women Writers of Early Modern Spain

Sophia's Daughters

By Barbara Mujica

Yale University Press, Hardcover, 9780300092578, 448pp.

Publication Date: November 10, 2003

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.

About the Author
Barbara Mujica is a novelist, short story writer, critic, professor of Spanish at Georgetown University, and a contributor to many publications, such as "The New York Times" and the "Los Angeles Times". A two-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize and winner of the E. L. Doctorow International Fiction Competition, she is the author of the novels "The Deaths of Don Bernardo", "Frida", and "Sister Teresa". In 2012, "I Am Venus" was a winner of the Maryland Writers' Association competition in the historical fiction category. Mujica lives in Washington, D.C.