Staging Authority

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Spanish Visionary Women and Images (1450-1550)

Autore: Rebeca Sanmartìn Bastida
Isbn: 978-88-3613-402-1
Collana: Arti e visioni. Teorie, utopie e fantasie teatrali ISSN 2975-0954
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Spanish Visionary Women and Images (1450-1550)

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CollanaArti e visioni. Teorie, utopie e fantasie teatrali ISSN 2975-0954
AutoreRebeca Sanmartìn Bastida
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Introducing the living saints of Castile
Spanish visionary women and images

Women, images, and revelations
On medieval images and revelations
Female devotion and images
On two paintings, ecstatic theatre, and performing sanctity

The gaze and the space
Gaze and living art
Place and memory
The threshold and the anointing

Words for authority
Types and forms of speech
From words to authorisation and change
Ventriloquism: authority and... attire

Women as icons
A network of imitations
Becoming images
Some notes on orthodoxy
After Trent

Conclusions and Epilogue
Conclusions: Staging authority (1450-1550)
Epilogue: An end that is a new beginning
Appendix of images

This monograph analyses how Spanish visionary women of the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries achieved far-reaching spiritual authority through their interaction with images. In doing this, Sanmartín’s study considers their trances to be a sort of mise-en-scène, drawing on both the spatial and visual turns in the humanities. This approach provides a revision and methodological update to the analysis of early Spanish visionaries by focusing on different aspects, such as the materiality of visions, the production of place, and the ventriloquism of images. Within the milieu of performance, this study deals with the fusion/division between the biblical space of sacred history represented through images and the setting where the visionaries embody their trances. Questions that this monograph addresses include how the relationship between images and women affects the evolution of the paradigm of sanctity, how the effectiveness of images depends on the staging of sanctity, how space and voice appear in revelations and empower visionary women, and how sainthood is bestowed on women who essentially become images and relics to their followers.

Rebeca Sanmartín Bastida is Professor of Literature at the Complutense University of Madrid. She focuses her research on literature and performativity in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries and combines this subject with studies on the mysticism of medieval women. Sanmartín has already directed three research projects on this topic and has published the monographs La representación de las místicas: Sor María de Santo Domingo en su contexto europeo (2012) and La comida visionaria: Formas de alimentación en el discurso carismático femenino del siglo XVI (2015). She has also coedited María de Santo Domingo’s Las Revelaciones (2014) and the Libro de la oración (2019) and, together with María Morrás and Yonsoo Kim, has coordinated the volume Gender and Exemplarity in Medieval and Early Modern Spain (2020). Sanmartín worked for several years at the Spanish National Research Council and the University of Manchester.