Hispanic Studies: Commodification and (the) Capital: Madrid and Materiality in Editions of María de Zayas


Monday, September 25, 2017, 6:00pm


Music Room, 84 Prospect Street, Rochambeau House

The Department of Hispanic Studies invites you to a talk by Department undergrad alum Patricia Manning, University of Kansas. This will be held on Monday 25th September @ 6:00pm, Music Room, 84 Prospect Street, Rochambeau House.


Commodification and (the) Capital: Madrid and Materiality in Editions of María de Zayas


This talk studies the role of Madrid’s booksellers in marketing the novella collections of María de Zayas, one of the most widely read authors of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Spain. Capitalizing on an increase in non-noble urban readers, booksellers like Mateo de la Bastida underwrote editions that altered Zayas’s texts by removing, for example, several mythological references. At the same time that they helped popularize the novella genre, market-driven editions reinforced the identification among emergent middle classes with the courtly social codes evoked by the material goods that feature in this type of fiction.


Patricia W. Manning earned her B.A. from Brown University and her M.A., M.Phil, and Ph.D. from Yale University. Her research uses archival evidence to enhance the interpretation of early modern Spanish texts. Her first book, Voicing Dissent in Seventeenth-Century Spain: Inquisition, Social Criticism and the Case of El Criticón, examines the manner in which clerics like Baltasar Gracián negotiated inquisitorial strictures. Her talk on editions of María de Zayas forms part of her current book project, Taste and Economics in the Age of the Inquisition: Publishing and Consuming Novella Collections in Early Modern Madrid.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Department of Hispanic Studies

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