Fictions of Containment in the Spanish Female Picaresque
Fictions of Containment in the Spanish Female Picaresque
Architectural Space and Prostitution in the Early Modern Mediterranean
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Table of Contents Introduction: Fictions of Containment Prostibulary Fiction Mediterranean Spain Containing Early Modern Sexuality The Uncontainably Erotic: Approaching Prostitution and Sexuality Chapter One: Prostitution in the Early Modern Spanish Mediterranean The Sex Trade in La Lozana andaluza Reform and Prohibition Chapter Two: Public Space and Public Women The House as Body Performing Modesty Veiling: The Woman Unhoused The Courtesan Housed Chapter Three: Coaches of Deception: The Predatory Pícara Cervantine Pícaras Celestina’s Daughter The Harpies of Madrid Chapter Four: Prostitutes in the Window The Erotics of the Early Modern Window Windows in Didactic Literature Windows and Prostitution Chapter Five: The Doors of Paradise The Literal Doorway The Metaphorical Doorway The Doors of Paradise Conclusion Bibliography

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"Fictions of Containment is a well-written and thoroughly investigated book that enriches the knowledge of early modern historical and fictional prostitution (...) This book is without a doubt an important contribution to the area of early modern studies and should be a required reading for any professional in the field." - Encarnación Juárez-Almendros, Rensaissance Quarterly, Volume 73, Issue 3, Fall 2020

Emily Kuffner

Fictions of Containment in the Spanish Female Picaresque

Architectural Space and Prostitution in the Early Modern Mediterranean

This study examines the interdependence of gender, sexuality and space in the early modern period, which saw the inception of architecture as a discipline and gave rise to the first custodial institutions for women, including convents for reformed prostitutes. Meanwhile, conduct manuals established prescriptive mandates for female use of space, concentrating especially on the liminal spaces of the home. This work traces literary prostitution in the Spanish Mediterranean through the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, from the rise of courtesan culture in several key areas through the shift from tolerance of prostitution toward repression. Kuffner’s analysis pairs canonical and noncanonical works of fiction with didactic writing, architectural treatises, and legal mandates, tying the literary practice of prostitution to increasing control over female sexuality during the Counter Reformation. By tracing erotic negotiations in the female picaresque novel from its origins through later manifestations, she demonstrates that even as societal attitudes towards prostitution shifted dramatically, a countervailing tendency to view prostitution as an essential part of the social fabric undergirds many representations of literary prostitutes. Kuffner’s analysis reveals that the semblance of domestic enclosure figures as a primary erotic strategy in female picaresque fiction, allowing readers to assess the variety of strategies used by authors to comment on the relationship between unruly female sexuality and social order.

Emily Kuffner

Emily Kuffner is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University. Her research focuses on literary prostitution in the picaresque genre, gender studies, humoral medicine, and the botanical in literature.