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Negotiating a Female Public

Theresa Ann Smith

in The Emerging Female Citizen

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780520245839
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932227 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520245839.003.0005
Negotiating a Female Public

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This chapter explores how women in eighteenth-century Spain carved out their own space in the realm of public debate by focusing on two cases: censorial appeals from female writers for publication of their texts; and debates over the statutes of the junta de damas and its relationship to the larger organization of the Royal Economic Society of Friends of the Country. These two examples suggest the seemingly contradictory ways that women defined their roles in response to the circumscribed female citizenship that male intellectuals articulated. At times, women's censorial appeals implicitly acknowledged their right to equal access to a public audience. At other times, female writers asserted their unique position as women writers to their advantage. While the strategies female authors and female council members adopted enabled their participation in Spain's Enlightenment reform, the long-term effects of these mixed appeals ultimately made women's position in public life less tenable.

Keywords: Spain; women; Royal Economic Society; junta de damas; Enlightenment; reform; censorial appeals; women writers; public life; female citizenship

Chapter.  16787 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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