Power, spirituality and gender (Castile: 1400-1550): the emergence of female authority in the court and convent

R + D + i project of the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness FFI2015-63625-C2-1-P. 2015-2019. Main researcher: María Morrás (Pompeu Fabra University).

To understand how female authority is configured, this project will focus on texts found in women's environments ('authorized' by them through patronage or writing) as forms of assimilation and dissimilation of the discursive ways of the power group, as well as their female self-representation habits. This will allow an approach to the reasons for success or failure in the construction of social and cultural authority. This analysis includes writing and reading practices about women, for women and by women, insofar as they served to structure the rules of the game of the feminine literary field. Therefore, both models and counter-models will be addressed, based on the readings and works promoted or internalized by women both in the court and the convent. The counterpoint proposed by male voices in behaviour manuals and other texts aimed at controlling -or at least channelling- authority models will also be studied, with some insights on the use of figures and concepts in the next centuries.

The following objectives integrate these purposes:

  • Creating a database corresponding to the edited texts, containing all the aspects of textual transmission, archival documentation and bibliography.
  • Creating a first map and other infographic representations that allow visualizing the geographical and intellectual nodes where female authority emerges.
  • Writing individual and collective monographs that account for the texts from an analytical and comprehensive perspective in their historical and literary dimension.
  • Transferring knowledge through the creation of a Portal that collects, autonomously but interconnected by hyperlinks, the production in the court and the convent, and the organization of two exhibitions that will also be available online.