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Iberian Daughters of Sappho: Female Friendship in Early Modern Spain

Barlow, Jennifer E
Format
Thesis/Dissertation; Online
Author
Barlow, Jennifer E
Advisor
Weber, Alison
Abstract
“Iberian Daughters of Sappho: Female Friendship in Early Modern Spain” explores textual representations of female alliances across a variety of genres, including poetry, theater, and spiritual biography and autobiography. This project challenges the classical and Renaissance belief that, in Michel de Montaigne’s (1533-1592) words, “women are in truth not normally capable of... [sustaining] that holy bond of friendship,” through an examination of female-authored texts that represent women’s often passionate relationships. Throughout this project, I argue that literary depictions of women’s social ties are grounded in particular understandings of the female body, which are frequently twisted in unexpected ways by female authors. By demonstrating that friendship between women was formed, sustained, and sometimes disturbed through a discourse of the body, this study will revise certain critical and historical narratives about female friendship during the early modern period.
Language
English
Date Received
20150325
Published
University of Virginia, Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese, PHD (Doctor of Philosophy), 2015
Published Date
2015-03-02
Degree
PHD (Doctor of Philosophy)
Collection
Libra ETD Repository
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