Women Writers of Early Modern Spain

Sophia’s Daughters

Bárbara Mujica

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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 small percentage of women in religious orders put their writing skills to literary use, producing 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.

Women Writers of Early Modern Spain features:
  • Spanish texts by Oliva Sabuco de Nantes, María de Zayas, Ana Caro, Leonor de la Cueva, and many others;
  • An introduction in Spanish to each reading, with biographical information, comments on the author’s approach, an overview of pertinent criticism, and an analysis of the work;
  • A generous English introduction to the volume, placing writing by early modern Spanish women within the broader context of European life and culture;
  • Full footnotes and topics for discussion for each unit;
  • A selected bibliography for readers who wish to pursue independent study.


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.

"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

“Barbara Mujica’s work is an impressive survey of the major works written by women of Spain’s Golden Age from the convent to the court. Mujica attempts to provide a glimpse at canonical and not-so canonical female writers. Introductions are informational, concise and notes are kept to a minimum. I would gladly recommend this book for everyone interested in women’s studies and the formation of the early modern female.”—Julio Vélez-Sainz, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

“This new book will be a wonderful addition to all classes devoted to the study and analysis of great literature from Spain and Latin America. Finally all of us will be able to read and appreciate the wonderful contribution of talented women writers. Thank you, Barbara Mujica, for another exceptional/fabulous anthology.”—Kate Regan, Associate Professor of Spanish, University of Portland

ISBN: 9780300092578
Publication Date: November 10, 2003
448 pages, 7 x 10
20 b/w illus.

Table of Contents (PDF)

Preface and Prologue (PDF) 

Introduction (PDF)

Chapter One (PDF)

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