Gender and Disorder in Early Modern Seville

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Princeton University Press, Aug 19, 1990 - History - 206 pages
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In this exploration of crisis in Counter-Reformation Spain, Mary Elizabeth Perry reveals the significance of gender for social order by portraying the lives of women who lived on the margins of respectability--prostitutes, healers, visionaries, and other deviants who provoked the concern of a growing central government linked closely to the church. Focusing on Seville, the commercial capital of Habsburg Spain, Perry uses rich archival sources to document the economic and spiritual activity of women, and efforts made by civil and church authorities to control this activity, during a period of local economic change and religious turmoil.


In analyzing such sources as art and literature from the period, women's writings, Inquisition records, and laws and regulations, Perry finds that social definitions of what it meant to be a woman or a man persisted due to their sanctification by religious ideas and their adaptation into political order. She describes the tension between gender ideals and actual conditions in women's lives, and shows how some women subverted the gender order by using a surprisingly wide variety of intellectual and physical strategies.

 

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On the syllabus for Jane Landers Gender class.

Contents

In the Hands of Women
14
Virgins Martyrs and the Necessary Evil
33
Perfect Wives and Profane Lovers
53
Walls without Windows
75
Chastity and Danger
97
Sexual Rebels
118
Prostitutes Penitents and Brothel Padres
137
Mothers of the Poor
153
Survivors and Subversives
177
Glossary
181
Bibliography
185
Index
203
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Mary Elizabeth Perry is the author of two prize winning books, "Gender and Disorder in Early Modern Seville" (Princeton) and "Crime and Society in Early Modern Seville." She is Research Associate at the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, and Adjunct Professor of History at Occidental College.

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