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Perfect Wives, Other Women: Adultery and Inquisition in Early Modern Spain

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In Perfect Wives, Other Women Georgina Dopico Black examines the role played by women’s bodies—specifically the bodies of wives—in Spain and Spanish America during the Inquisition. In her quest to show how both the body and soul of the married woman became the site of anxious inquiry, Dopico Black mines a variety of Golden Age texts for instances in which the era’s persistent preoccupation with racial, religious, and cultural otherness was reflected in the depiction of women.

Subject to the scrutiny of a remarkable array of gazes—inquisitors, theologians, religious reformers, confessors, poets, playwrights, and, not least among them, husbands—the bodies of perfect and imperfect wives elicited diverse readings. Dopico Black reveals how imperialism, the Inquisition, inflation, and economic decline each contributed to a correspondence between the meanings of these human bodies and “other” bodies, such as those of the Jew, the Moor, the Lutheran, the degenerate, and whoever else departed from a recognized norm. The body of the wife, in other words, became associated with categories separate from anatomy, reflecting the particular hermeneutics employed during the Inquisition regarding the surveillance of otherness.

Dopico Black’s compelling argument will engage students of Spanish and Spanish American history and literature, gender studies, women’s studies, social psychology and cultural studies.

About the Author

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Georgina Dopico Black is Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at New York University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822383079
Subtitle:
Adultery and Inquisition in Early Modern Spain
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Author:
Black, Georgina Dopico
Subject:
History
Subject:
Inquisition
Subject:
Spain & Portugal
Subject:
Sociology - Marriage & Family
Subject:
Adultery
Subject:
Wives
Subject:
Europe - Spain & Portugal
Subject:
Inquisition -- Spain -- History.
Subject:
Adultery - Spain - History
Subject:
Spain and Portugal-To 1930
Subject:
World History-Spain
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20010123
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
307

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