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On the top of Mar?a de Zayas’s recognition within the mid-eighteenth century, the variety of variations in print of her paintings was once passed simply through the novels of Cervantes.  yet by way of the top of the 19th century, Zayas have been excluded from the Spanish literary canon due to her gender and the sociopolitical adjustments that swept Spain and Europe. Exemplary stories of affection and stories of Disillusion gathers a consultant pattern of 7 tales, which positive aspects Zayas’s signature topics—gender equality and household violence—written in an impassioned tone overlaid with conservative Counter-Reformation ideology. This variation updates the scholarship because the latest English translations, with a brand new advent to Zayas’s complete physique of reports, and restores Zayas’s author’s word and prologue, passed over from prior English-language variations. Tracing her gradual yet regular development from notions of excellent like to love’s treachery, Exemplary stories of affection and stories of Disillusion will repair Zayas to her rightful position in smooth letters.  

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Manuel Jiménez Catalán, Ensayo de una tipografía zaragozana del siglo XVII (Zaragoza: Tipografía “La Académica,” 1925). 28. Yllera, Introducción, 17 n. 32. 11 12 Vo l u m e E d i t o r s ’ I n t r o d u c t i o n rels, and earned itself lasting fame with honors so high in such a shining, immortal talent. 30 The letter could well be a rejoinder to Fontanella’s vejamen by Zayas herself or some friend or relative, recasting the allegorical dreamer Fontanella as a misogynistic nocturnal phantom. While the reference to being “crowned with well-earned laurels” may be conventional, it could also be a response to his jibe that her only prize would be the crown of her farthingale.

Barbeito Carneiro, Mujeres del Madrid barroco, 166–67. 9. Her poems figured in the preliminaries of Miguel Botello’s La fábula de Píramo y Tisbe (1621) and Prosas y versos del pastor de Clenarda (1622), Orfeo en lengua castellana (1624) by Juan Pérez de Montalban, Esperiencias de amor y fortuna (1626) by Francisco de las Cuevas, and El Adonis (1632) by Antonio del Castillo de Larzával. 10 Zayas apparently participated in one or more of the literary academies that flourished in Madrid in these decades, although the precise nature of her participation is uncertain.

The Spanish monarchy repeatedly declared bankruptcy and devalued its currency several times. Furthermore, inflation caused by the influx of American wealth had the long-term effect of impoverishing Spain, as cash flowed out to repay loans advanced by foreign bankers, and local manufacturers found it impossible to compete with imported foreign goods. Depopulation due to wars, devastating plagues, emigration to the colonies, and internal migration from farming communities to urban centers meant that agricultural self-sufficiency, difficult even in good times given the lack of water in large zones of the peninsula, could not regularly be sustained.

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