Chivalry, Reading, and Women's Culture in Early Modern Spain
Title
Chivalry, Reading, and Women's Culture in Early Modern Spain
Subtitle
From Amadís de Gaula to Don Quixote
ISBN
9789048536641
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eBook PDF
Number of pages
232
Language
English
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15.6 x 23.4 cm
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Table of Contents Introduction Chapter 1: Women’s Lives and Women’s Literacy in Amadís de Gaula Chapter 2: Women’s Literacy in Beatriz Bernal’s Cristalián de España Chapter 3: The Triumph of Women Readers of Chivalry in Don Quixote Part I Chapter 4: The Defeat of Women Readers of Chivalry in Don Quixote Part II Conclusion Bibliography Notes
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"Triplette's focused critique of women’s literacy, both of the medieval texts' fictional characters and of women themselves as their readers, not only serves as a means of investigating gender equality and as a corrective to our increasingly partial reading practices, but also proposes a vitally effective method of approaching women's culture."
- Anne J. Cruz, Early Modern Women, Fall 2020

"Chivalry, Reading, and Women’s Culture in Early Modern Spain succeeds not only in examining the female characters in Amadís and Don Quijote but also in cogently and brilliantly bringing Beatriz Bernal and her Cristalián de España to the fore in Spanish Golden Age studies."
- J. A. Garrido Ardila, Renaissance Quarterly, Volume LXXIII, No. 1

Stacey Triplette

Chivalry, Reading, and Women's Culture in Early Modern Spain

From Amadís de Gaula to Don Quixote

The Iberian chivalric romance has long been thought of as an archaic, masculine genre and its popularity as an aberration in European literary history. Chivalry, Reading, and Women’s Culture in Early Modern Spain contests this view, arguing that the surprisingly egalitarian gender politics of Spain’s most famous romance of chivalry has guaranteed it a long afterlife. Amadís de Gaula had a notorious appeal for female audiences, and the early modern authors who borrowed from it varied in their reactions to its large cast of literate female characters. Don Quixote and other works that situate women as readers carry the influence of Amadís forward into the modern novel. When early modern authors read chivalric romance, they also read gender, harnessing the female characters of the source text to a variety of political and aesthetic purposes.
Author

Stacey Triplette

Stacey Triplette is an Assistant Professor of Spanish and French at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. Her essays have appeared in Cervantes: Bulletin of the Cervantes Society of America, Bulletin of Spanish Studies, and La corónica.