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Vanda Anastacio

Inquisitors, women authors and women readers. A proposal for a combined approach (quantitative and qualitative) to inquisitorial paratexts


In this short presentation I would like to focus on the paratexts consisting of inquisitorial censors' authorizations, printed in books written by women in Portugal in the 16th and 17th centuries. These censors' authorizations are part of the publishing process. Yet they end up serving particular purposes in the case of women's published works.

Using specific cases in order to illustrate the issues at stake now (authorship, construction of femininity, establishment of reading protocols, qualitative evaluation criteria), I will try to propose some lines of quantitative research on this subject as well as possible qualitative interpretative lines of analysis to be discussed.

AsK, September 2012

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