María de Zayas y Sotomayor

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In both the Anglophone and Spanish-speaking academy, María de Zayas y Sotomayor ranks amongst the best-known female writers of the Spanish Golden Age. She is particularly noted for her collections of short stories, which have as their overriding theme a critique of men’s negative behaviour towards women, including physical and sexual abuse. In a book-length review of the literature, Enrique García Santo-Tomás has identified over six hundred academic studies (Santo-Tomás, 2022). This critical notoriety contrasts with her minor standing in the non-academic collective consciousness even in the Hispanic World.

We have very few biographical details about her life, and indeed only a little additional information has come to light since the early-twentieth-century work of Spanish historian

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Citation: Griffiths, Benjamin. "María de Zayas y Sotomayor". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 March 2024 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=15171, accessed 13 April 2024.]

15171 María de Zayas y Sotomayor 1 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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