SPAN 355 Medieval and Early Modern Women Writers

Spring, Fall

The primary focus is on women writers from the Middle Ages to the end of the seventeenth century. It explores how women writers inthe Hispanic world, such as Florencia Pinar, Teresa de Jesús, Catalina de Erauso, Juana Inés de la Cruz, and María de Zayas, negotiate gender construction and its impositions through literature. For these women, literary production becomes the site of gender-related political resistance, and in some instances, gender redefinition or what could be called a Hispanic proto-feminism. The course deals with a variety of literary genres, such as poetry, short novel, theatre, autobiography, and letters, as well as some oral tradition.

Prerequisite: Spanish 301 or 302 or 305 or 309