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Disabled Bodies in Early Modern Spanish Literature: Prostitutes, Aging Women and Saints

Encarnación Juárez-Almendros


The book examines, from the perspective of feminist disability theories, the concepts and role of women in selected Spanish discourses and literary texts from the late fifteenth to seventeenth centuries. It explores a wide range of Spanish medical, regulatory and moral discourses in order to show how these inherit, reproduce and propagate an amalgam of Western traditional concepts of the female embodiment. The book also examines concrete representations of deviant female characters, with a focus in the figure of the syphilitic prostitute and the physically decayed aged women, in a variety of l ... More

Keywords: Early Modern female embodiment, syphilitic prostitutes, aged women, neurological disorders, disability theories, Lozana Andaluza, Celestina, Cervantes, Quevedo, Teresa de Ávila

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781786940780
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781786940780.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Encarnación Juárez-Almendros, author