Female Hagiography in Hispanic Literature

deadline for submissions: 
August 26, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
NeMLA
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This table explores the different expressions of female hagiography whose main goal is to establish a map of the varied representations of female saints in different periods of Hispanic Literature.
In the twelfth century, Hildegard of Bingen uses the life of the Magdalene with the intention of creating her own model. This tradition is intensified among women in the Middle Ages with other European women such as Catherine of Siena or Margery Kempe among many others. 
In Spain, this symbolic representation starts with religious women, above all the visionaries, at the end of the fifteenth century, using Mary Magdalene or the Old Testament Judith as their example. Therefore, from this perspective, we will welcome contributions to the history of female hagiography in literature in Spain and Latin America from the Middle Ages to the present day. We would also welcome papers in which the woman/writer is the subject of the hagiography written by her confessor or close friend.