In Defence of Women

Translated by Joanna M. Barker

New Translations 14

Modern Humanities Research Association

13 August 2018

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The beginning of the eighteenth century opened Spain to an influx of people, books and ideas and gave the country its own brief age of Enlightenment. At this time of momentous change, the three authors represented in this volume contributed to the Europe-wide debate over the nature of women and their position in society.

Benito Jerónimo Feijoo was an admired scholar and a prolific author. One of his most controversial essays was Defence of Women, which argued that women were men’s intellectual equals. This sparked a pamphlet war that continued for twenty-five years. Josefa Amar y Borbón was a writer and translator who submitted her own spirited argument, the Defence of the Talents of Women, to a debate on whether women should be admitted to the new Economic Societies. She also demanded in her Discourse on the Education of Women that women should be given the opportunity to study and learn.

At the very end of the century, Inés Joyes y Blake published an Apology for Women, arguing that women should develop self-respect, support each other and refuse to be manipulated by insincere lovers and domineering husbands. All three writers wrote with verve and imagination about one of the most important social questions of their day.

Reviews:

  • ‘With this edition, Barker provides a detailed account of an intellectual debate in eighteenth-century Spain that holds great relevance for contemporary scholarship in women's studies, European history and literary studies, among other fields.’ — Leslie J. Harkema, Bulletin of Spanish Studies 96, 2019, 1715-16

Contents:

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Introduction
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17-81
1 Benito Jerónimo Feijoo and the Defence of Women
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82-112
2 Josefa Amar y Borbón, A Woman of Erudition
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113-131
3 Josefa Amar y Borbón and the Question of Women’s Education
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132-155
4 Inés Joyes y Blake and the War between the Sexes
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156-165
Bibliography
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166-170
Index
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Bibliography entry:

Barker, Joanna M. (trans.), In Defence of Women, New Translations, 14 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2018)

First footnote reference: 35 In Defence of Women, trans. by Joanna M. Barker, New Translations, 14 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2018), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Barker, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

Barker, Joanna M. (trans.). 2018. In Defence of Women, New Translations, 14 (Cambridge: MHRA)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Barker 2018: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Barker 2018: 21.

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