Wisdom and Her Lovers in Medieval and Early Modern Hispanic Literature [NOOK Book]

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Wisdom and Her Lovers in Medieval and Early Modern Hispanic Literature examines the feminine personification of Wisdom and negotiates the disconnect between Lady Wisdom and Woman. Medieval and early modern Hispanic readers and writers imbibed and imitated a long rhetorical tradition that demanded they imagine Wisdom as a woman and often as a lover. Yet they also wrote from within a culture that insisted women and erotic love were anathema to wisdom and reason. Francomano explores how writers reconstructed and how...
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Wisdom and Her Lovers in Medieval and Early Modern Hispanic Literature

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Overview

Wisdom and Her Lovers in Medieval and Early Modern Hispanic Literature examines the feminine personification of Wisdom and negotiates the disconnect between Lady Wisdom and Woman. Medieval and early modern Hispanic readers and writers imbibed and imitated a long rhetorical tradition that demanded they imagine Wisdom as a woman and often as a lover. Yet they also wrote from within a culture that insisted women and erotic love were anathema to wisdom and reason. Francomano explores how writers reconstructed and how readers read these contradictory commonplaces, focusing on the most pervasive and canonical of the feminine personifications. Her approach to the reception, re-invention, and re-deployment of the personification of Wisdom in medieval and early modern Spanish literature is grounded in a combination of close reading, intellectual history, and reception theory.
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"In a study that features close readings of little-known and very well known texts and examination of marginalia and other indications of reader response, [Francomano] deftly traces the troubled relationship between women and wisdom . . . an overview cannot do justice to the richness and complexity of Emily Francomano's book."—Speculum
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230264472
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 5/27/2008
  • Series: The New Middle Ages Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Emily C. Francomano is Assistant Professor of Spanish at Georgetown University.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures

Introduction 1

1 Bodies of Knowledge: Wisdom, Personification, and Memory 11

2 Lady Wisdom My Brother: Reading Sapientia in Medieval Castile 27

3 Figures of Matter and Form: Feminine Personification and Epistemology in the Vision deleytable 45

4 The Wise Virgin's Confounding Body of Knowledge 75

5 Sor Juana and St. Catherine: From Blood Martyrdom to a Holocaust of the Intellect 105

Conclusion: Commonplaces and Common Women: Wisdom, the Strange Woman, and Bawdy Bodies of Knowledge 129

Notes 143

Works Cited 173

Index 189

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