Erdman Honored for Book on Early Spanish Women Playwrights

Harley Erdman
Harley Erdman

The Society for the Study of Early Modern Women has selected theater professor Harley Erdman and his co-authors for the Josephine Roberts Award for the best scholarly edition published in 2016 in the field of early modern women and gender.

The book, “Feliciana Enríquez de Guzmán, Ana Caro Mallén, and Sor Marcela de San Félix, Women Playwrights of Early Modern Spain,” was co-written with Nieves Romero Diaz of Mount Holyoke College and Lisa Vollendorf of Sonoma State University.

The award will be presented Oct. 28 at the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The award committee cited the skillful translation of the book’s 10 plays for clearly contextualizing them in light of Golden Age Spanish theater. The committee also praised the selections for exemplifying the diversity of women’s as well as men’s experiences and for showcasing the range of literary and creative production of the three playwrights.

The award letter stated, “Finally, the committee noted that the translation is highly readable and has the potential to reach a broad audience beyond the specialists in Spanish theater and scholars of literature, women and gender.”