This fascinating collection is the first to gather together a wide variety of works by Spanish women writers of the Golden Age. In the fourteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth centuries, the cloister was a refuge for women with intellectual aspirations. A few of these women produced biographies of founding sisters, histories of their orders, and even poetry and theater. Most of these writings were never published, and only now are researchers beginning to unearth and transcribe them. Bárbara Mujica provides an ample introduction to the volume in English, placing early modern Spanish women's writing within the broader context of Europe of the time. The remaining text is in Spanish, and for each of the selections Mujica offers an introduction with biographical and critical information."Expanding the accepted canon, Bárbara Mujica includes works that were unknown and unstudied until recent years as she guides us on this insightful excursion through Spanish literary history."-Joan Cammarata, Manhattan College
Author Biography: Bárbara Mujica is professor of Spanish at Georgetown University. She has published and lectured widely on early modern Spanish literature, and among her books are eight anthologies of Spanish and Spanish American literature. Her latest novel, Frida, is an international bestseller that has been translated into ten languages.