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Gender, the Bible, and the Spanish Monarchy (1600-1800)

Thursday 28 April 2016, 6.00PM

Speaker(s): Professor Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra (University of Texas at Austin)

Marianismo is a historical trope by which Latin females behave like pliant Virgins, suffering pain and sorrow engendered by patriarchy and subordination. This lecture will focus on a very different model of Marian behaviour which draws on Mary as the fulfilment of Israelite Old Testament female warriors, namely Deborah, Judith and Yael. 

In the context of Mariology, Mary appears as a Virgo Potens: a woman who crushes the enemy through cunning and force. This Mary was the model for beatas and nuns in the global Spanish Monarchy, many of whom saw themselves as the vanguard of the City of God and the eptiome of masculinity. In contrast, males were often seen to be the least masculine members of the polity.

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Location: The Treehouse, Berrick Saul Building, University of York

Admission: Free and open to all