Spring 2021

Women in Early Modern Spain

Listed in: European Studies, as EUST-317  |  Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies, as SWAG-317  |  Spanish, as SPAN-405


Catherine V. Infante (Section 01)


(Offered as SPAN 405, EUST 317, and SWAG 317) This course will examine the diverse and often contradictory representations of women in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spain as seen through the eyes of both male and female writers. This approach will allow us to inquire into how women represented themselves versus how they were understood by men. In our analysis of this topic, we will also take into consideration some scientific, legal, and moral discourses that attempted to define the nature and value of women in early modern Spain. Works by authors such as Cervantes, María de Zayas, Calderón de la Barca, and Catalina de Erauso, among others, will offer us fascinating examples and different approaches to the subject. Conducted in Spanish.

For Spring 2021, this course will be taught “hyflex,” with instruction conducted synchronously via Zoom as well as in-person meetings for students on campus. All course materials will be available digitally and will be provided by the instructor.

Requisite: SPAN 211, SPAN 301 or consent of the instructor. Limited to 18 students. Spring Semester: Professor Infante.

If Overenrolled: Priority given to Spanish majors and SWAGS majors


Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Speaking, Attention to Writing


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2015, Spring 2019, Spring 2021