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“Decir a voces esto”: Female Authorship in Early Modern Spanish Literature

Author: Students from SPW3409
Faculty Mentor: Ángeles Fernández Cifuentes, Ph.D.


This project focuses on the curation of a virtual reality exhibition, hosted by Artsteps, to reevaluate the Spanish Golden Age literary canon through the exploration of the richness and diversity of female authorship in the 16th and 17th century. A bilingual adaptation of Ana Caro’s “El conde Partinuplés”, written by one of the most important but largely ignored authors in the 17th century, will be the centerpiece of the project. Inspired by a recent exhibition from the Cervantes Institute and the Spanish National Library, this virtual gallery constitutes a collaborative and creative space where students discuss and reflect on how these writers try to articulate their identity as women and authors through their different use of rhetorical practices, literary conventions, and multiple forms of textual production. The bilingual adaptation of Ana Caro’s “El conde Partinuplés” will follow the European Easy-to-Read and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) standards. Esther Pérez Arribas, renowned playwright and specialist in adaptations of 17th century plays for young audiences, will contribute to the project with a dramatization of some of the scenes from the adaptation of “El conde Partinuplés”.
Research Types: Undergraduate Research, Faculty/Staff


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16 Responses

  1. Fascinating idea! I love that we get to hear from authors that have been forgotten and overlooked. However, I am a little confused about what language the exhibit will be in because the signs in the video are all in Spanish but this poster is in English.

  2. I was aware of Artsteps, glad to learn about it from this poster. Great way to expose forgotten authors and artists to a global audience. Quite an immersive storytelling.

  3. This is such a cool project. Recognizing the importance of women in literature and doing it in a bilingual format! I look forward to seeing this project once it is fully completed

  4. Such a great project. Recognizing the importance of women in literature and presenting it in a bilingual format! Look forward to seeing the project once it is fully completed

  5. This is a wonderful project! The poster is beautiful and informative. I look forward to the bilingual adaptation of Ana Caro’s text. Well done, Dr. Fernandez and students of SPW 3409, for your insightful research and engaging creativity!

  6. Very interesting poster. It makes me wonder (perhaps I’m off on a tangent here), if virtual gallery exhibits are going to become more common as museums attempt to deal with COVID-19 restrictions.

  7. This is very interesting. As I watched the video, it was a great way to present this as a virtual reality exhibit (great graphics). I guess once the students start to dramatize the play, it will be interesting to see how the 17th-century play will come out. Also, see how a play that was written by a woman at that time and country is about.

  8. What a great idea! It was great leaning about your presentation. The video helped me visualize the exhibit. I liked how your presentation was easy to follow.

  9. I am continuously amazed by all the innovative projects that have come out of a year nobody expected. The idea of a 3d VR exhibition is amazing, and one I have not seen more people take advantage of, though it is becoming an increasingly popular alternative. The projects itself is the kind of thing I love to come out of a literature class. Not only is this “Golden Age” Spanish literature being analyzed traditionally and thoughtfully, but students are also gaining historical and feminist understandings through the texts themselves. Furthermore, they are applying to the digital humanities to display that knowledge. This project is a wonderful blend of disciplines and its open access will help future students reading these texts to understand the deeper context behind them.

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