Lioba Simon-Schuhmacher is Senior Lecturer at the University of Oviedo. She is an expert in 18th-century Comparative Literature and in European Community (Brussels) and ERASMUS (Ministry of Education and Culture, Madrid) National Agency Cooperation Programs. Since 2003 she has been seconded to the Quality, Accrediting and Research Agency of Madrid Universities. Her publications include seven books and studies, forty-two articles, and collaborations in both national and international press.2005 0-7734-6022-5
This aim of this book is to offer a general panorama of female education in the 18th century in England and Spain. The study is approached from a Bakhtinian perspective â€“ based on the analysis of the different voices present in the Enlightened discourse (the hegemonic and monological patriarchal voice which tries to impose his ideology on the voices of the â€śothersâ€ť, in this case, â€śwomenâ€ť). Thus, a constrastive insight into the reality of the learned women in England and Spain in the Age of Enlightenment is the starting point which leads to the close study of the types of education that women received at the time in those two European countries: at home, in the household of some noble family, in petty schools, in boarding schools and in convents. Once the proliferation of learned ladies has been established, what follows is an analysis of the treatment that the education of women received in the printed press of the time. Then, the focus of study shifts to the literary production of 18th century erudite ladies in both countries, ranging from prose to poetry, essays and drama and, finally, attention is paid to the influence these learned women had on future generations of erudite ladies.