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Revisiting the Seventeenth-Century Republic of Letters

Revisiting the Seventeenth-Century Republic of Letters

Objective

Despite the important research available on early modern literary production and patronage by women, chiefly concerning the religious, the view of the marginality of the woman author ('author' understood then as one who wrote de suo and for publication) continues to be pervasive. My project will examine the role of gender in the construction of scholarly and commercial authorship in Spanish and English by elucidating the transnational nature of authorial and editorial practices with print during the commercialization of the literary product in the seventeenth century, thus making an original contribution to book history and gender studies. Extending the investigation of women’s literary careers beyond religion and across geo-linguistic boundaries is imperative, if we want an informed picture of the extent and implications of the mobility of print culture in this period. The awareness of the scarcity of international explorations of the cross-cultural mobility of women’s texts has encouraged some scholars to undertake transnational research in the field, but these studies are still a small minority, and their ambitions never concretely investigate how authorial and editorial practices interact with each other. For the most part, specialists continue to structure their arguments according to theme, period, geography, or language, thereby obscuring broader diachronic trends towards women’s increasing participation in the professional world of authorship. My study will interact with the ongoing MINECO-funded project, ‘Poder, espiritualidad y género (Castilla, 1400-1550): La emergencia de la autoridad femenina en la corte y el convento’, running at UPF (https://www.upf.edu/en/web/poder-espiritualidad-genero). Investigating the intercultural impact of women’s position as authors through print is in line with the primary objectives of this MINECO project, namely to enhance our knowledge of women’s authority within the court and in the convent in early modern Spain.
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Coordinator

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Address

Placa De La Merce, 10-12
08002 Barcelona

Spain

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 172 932,48

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 841036

Status

Grant agreement signed

  • Start date

    1 October 2019

  • End date

    30 September 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 172 932,48

  • EU contribution

    € 172 932,48

Coordinated by:

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Spain