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Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies

Victoria University in the University of Toronto

Available again: Pere Torrellas and Juan de Flores, Three Spanish Querelle Texts: Grisel and Mirabella, The Slander against Women, and The Defense of Ladies against Slanderers.


The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe – The Toronto Series, Vol. 21 was so popular that it sold out and has been unavailable for purchase in the last year and has been reprinted for 2016. Edited and translated by Emily C. Francomano, this edition won the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women’s 2014 award for Best Translation, 2013

This bilingual edition of the Three Spanish Querelle Texts is very well-conceived and will attract a wide audience among specialists and non-specialists alike. Francomano provides the first modern English translations of texts that enjoyed European-wide celebrity in the early sixteenth century. Her introduction is the best available summary of our knowledge about Torrellas’ two texts and Flores’ Grisel y Mirabella. Her translations are more readable than the Spanish texts, dividing Flores’ elaborate, rambling sentences into more comprehensible discourse. She often captures the tone of ambiguous or mock sincerity in the pleadings of both Flores’ and Torrellas’ characters. Francomano has a special sensitivity to the ludic quality of these discourses which helps readers appreciate their expression of “male anxiety” and “female agency” in the gender politics of their era.

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