Aims to increase awareness about the specific circumstances of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) diversity. Based on a wide array of literature this volume provides a global vision of this reality, explaining the evolution of homosexuality during history and reasons why it has been considered a sin, an illness and a crime.
"This work recasts the role of the pastoral novel in the intellectual life of the Spanish after the initial impact of the Dianas. Spanish pastoral novels published from 1570 onward, the author claims, are crucial in reconstructing Spain's intellectual history and modernity. Still to be discovered in its entirety, the Spanish pastoral novel was a springboard for literary academies and poetic competitions renewing Castilian poetics for the essential concerns of artistic reception, the conception of innovative generic forms, the power of the writer in a hierarchical society and, ultimately, the novel's bold new sense of literary self-consciousness."--BOOK JACKET.
Cloistered and inaccessible 'brides of Christ'? Or socially engaged women, active in the outside world to a degree impossible for their secular sisters? Nuns tells the fascinating stories of the women who have lived in religious communities since the dawn of the modern age - their ideals and achievements, frustrations and failures, and their attempts to reach out to the society around them. Drawing particularly on the nuns' own words, Silvia Evangelisti explores how they came to the cloister, how they responded to monastic discipline, and how they pursued their spiritual, intellectual, and missionary activities. The book looks not only at the individual stories of outstanding historical figures such as Teresa of Avila but also at the wider picture of convent life - what it symbolized to contemporaries, how it reflected and related to the world beyond the cloister, and what it means in the world today.