In Spain, the two hundred years that elapsed between the beginning of the early modern period and the final years of the Habsburg Empire saw a profusion of works written by women. Whether secular or religious, noble or middle class, early modern Spanish women actively composed creative works such as poetry, prose narratives, and plays. The Routledge Research Companion to Early Modern Spanish Women Writers covers the broad array of different kinds of writings – literary as well as extra-literary – that these women wrote, taking into consideration their subject positions and the cultural and historical contexts that influenced and were influenced by them. Beyond merely recognizing the individual women authors who had influence in literary, religious, and intellectual circles, this Research Companion investigates their participation in these circles through their writings, as well as the ways in which their texts informed Spain’s cultural production during the early modern period. In order to contextualize women’s writings across the historical and cultural spectrum of early modern Spain, the Research Companion is divided into six sections of general thematic interest: Women’s Worlds; Conventual Spaces; Secular Literature; Women in the Public Sphere; Private Circles; Women Travelers. Each section is subdivided into chapters that focus on specific issues or topics.

chapter |12 pages


ByNieves Baranda Leturio, Anne J. Cruz

section I|48 pages

Women’s worlds

chapter 1|13 pages

Aristocracy and the Urban Elite

ByGrace E. Coolidge

chapter 2|14 pages

Women’s Education in Early Modern Spain

ByAnne J. Cruz

chapter 3|20 pages

The Early Modern Foundations of The Querella De Las Mujeres

ByEmily C. Francomano

section II|72 pages

Conventual spaces

chapter 4|13 pages


ByIsabelle Poutrin

chapter 5|11 pages

Chronicles, Biographies, Hagiographies

ByMercedes Marcos Sánchez

chapter 6|17 pages

Conventual Correspondence

ByMaría Leticia Sánchez Hernández, Nieves Baranda Leturio

chapter 7|12 pages

Convent Theater

ByMaría del Carmen Alarcón Román

chapter 8|18 pages

Body, Spirit, and Verse

Reading early modern women’s religious poetry
ByStacey Schlau

section III|70 pages

Secular literature

chapter 9|19 pages

The Poetic Voice

ByMaría Dolores Martos Pérez

chapter 10|15 pages

Literary Academies and Poetic Tournaments

ByInmaculada Osuna Rodríguez

chapter 11|18 pages

Novels and Narratives

ByShifra Armon

chapter 12|17 pages

Women Playwrights

ByAmy R. Williamsen

section IV|50 pages

Women in the public sphere

chapter 13|15 pages

Public Poetry

ByMaría Carmen Marín Pina

chapter 14|17 pages

Spain’s Women Humanists

ByEmilie L. Bergmann

chapter 15|17 pages

Women and Power

ByNieves Romero-Díaz

section V|44 pages

Private circles

chapter 16|17 pages

Didactic Treatises

ByRosilie Hernández

chapter 17|14 pages

The Familial Lyric

ByGwyn Fox

chapter 18|12 pages

Private Correspondence

ByVanessa de Cruz Medina

section VI|66 pages

Women travelers

chapter 19|17 pages

Foundation Narratives

ByDarcy Donahue

chapter 20|13 pages

Transoceanic Religious

BySarah E. Owens

chapter 21|18 pages

Secular Women Writers In The New World

ByRocío Quispe-Agnoli

chapter 22|17 pages

Transnational Exchanges

ByNieves Baranda Leturio