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TitelACLA Seminar 2016: Male or female friends? Writing and staging friendship in 17th and 18th Century Spanish Literature
BeschreibungCfP (ACLA): "Male or female friends? Writing and staging friendship in 17th and 18th Century Spanish Literature"

Seminar at the annual meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. March 17-20, 2016.

Organizer: Claudia Gronemann and Agnieszka Komorowska, University of Mannheim, Germany.

We encourage interested participants to submit a paper proposal to the following panel:
In his essay on friendship, De l’amitié, Montaigne is unequivocal that women are ‘incapable’ of true friendship: “Whereas friendship is without affair or commerce, the ordinary sufficiency of women is not made to answer the conference and communication, which nourishes this sacred bond.” Paradoxically, Montaigne bases his claim on the absence of female friends in the Western canon, where women have been excluded systematically due to a supposed otherness, sinfulness and intellectual deficiency.

Neither male nor female friendship can be considered neutral concepts. Masculine friendship is not universal, rather, it too is a gendered construction. Instead of raising consciousness for gender biased models, research seems to prove the claim that friendship is a male category, lamenting both the poor historical sources of female friendship and the lack of study about the Early Modern Period (Classen / Sandidge 2010) and about Enlightenment, which has been called the “age of friendship”. We may ask if women become excluded at this crucial historical moment, when the quest for loyal friends plays a major role in the literature of this period, thus reflecting the radical changes in social structures. The relevance of friendship is especially true for the Siglo de Oro and its numerous crises and societal transformation, but as well in the 18th century, when the new model of virtue friendship (Haidt 1998) forms Spanish identity. Surprisingly, we are facing an academic void in the field of Hispanic studies, especially concerning female ars amicitiae.

By addressing female, but also male friendship from a gendered point of view, the panel focuses on two crucial moments in literary history and on their interrelatedness: In the Siglo de Oro female authorship, while still being an exception and thus subjected to justification, reaches a larger audience, with María de Zayas, Mariana de Carvajal and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz questioning traditional gender roles. In the 18th century the emergence of male virtue and political community gives female relationship a mere private status. Female friendship as well as “female citizen” emerged for instance inside of the Economic Societies, but were not recognized officially (T. A. Smith 2006). What is more, their negation contributes to the construction of male bonding as a patriotic act.

Studying the novelas, novels, theatre plays, poems, moral weeklies and letters of female and male writers, possible questions are:
• What are the places of male and female friends in society, and which literary models of friendship are created (as they relate to virtue, politics, ethics, pedagogy, subjectivity, authorship, religion, family structures, and courtly culture)?
• Do we find gender specific genres, including documentary as well as fictional, of writing and communication, which can be considered practices of friendship?
• What is the function of female and male friendship and how does it evolve in the transition from baroque to Enlightenment culture?

Please submit your abstract (max. 25 words) between September 1 and September 23 through the online portal of the ACLA website:

Please feel free to contact Agnieszka Komorowska for any further questions:

Panel description online:

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VeranstaltungsortCambridge, MA
PersonName: Agnieszka Komorowska 
Funktion: Organizer of the Seminar 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: Romanisches Seminar der Universität Mannheim 
Strasse/Postfach: L 15, 1-6 / Zi. A 120 
Postleitzahl: 68131  
Stadt: Mannheim 
Telefon: +49 621 181 2374 
SchlüsselbegriffeGenderforschung; Historische Semantik (Wissensgeschichte, Mentalitätsgeschichte, Ideengeschichte); Literatur 1580 - 1700; Literatur 1700 - 1770; Literatur 1770 - 1830; Literatur- u. Kulturgeschichte; Motiv- u. Stoffgeschichte
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