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Textual Agency: Writing Culture and Social Networks in 15th-Century Spain

Textual Agency: Writing Culture & Social Networks in Fifteenth Century Spain

by Ana Gómez-Bravo
December 2013, University of Toronto Press

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Textual Agency examines the massive proliferation of poetic texts in fifteenth-century Spain, focusing on the important yet little-known cancionero poetry – the largest poetic corpus of the European Middle Ages. Ana M. Gómez-Bravo situates this cultural production within its social, political, and material contexts. She places the different forms of document production fostered by a shifting political and urban model alongside the rise in literacy and access to reading materials and spaces.

At the core of the book lies an examination of both the materials of writing and how human agents used and transformed them, giving way to a textual agency that pertains not only to writers, but to the inscribed paper. Gómez-Bravo also explores how authorial and textual agency were competing forces in the midst of an era marked by the institution of the Inquisition, the advent of the absolutist state, the growth of cities, and the constitution of the Spanish nation.”

 

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  1. Whidbey Island Jewish Community - 10/24/2013

    [...] Ana Gómez-Bravo is Associate Professor in the Division of Spanish and Portuguese Studies at the University of Washington, where she is also faculty for the Stroum Jewish Studies Program. Her research interests include medieval Spain, gender studies, and the intersections among food, culture, and texts. Prof. Gómez-Bravo received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Her forthcoming book is Textual Agency: Writing Culture and Social Networks in Fifteenth-Century Spain. [...]