Author Jennifer Smith also directs modern historians to the writings of Emilia Pardo Bazán (1851-1921) as a thinker whose work points out mysticism's subversive potential in terms of the patriarchal order. Pardo Bazán, unlike her male counterparts, rejected the hysteria diagnosis and promoted mysticism as a path for women's personal development and self-realization.
Chapter 1: Women and the Deployment of Sexuality in Nineteenth-Century Spain
Chapter 2: Women, Mysticism, and Hysteria in Fin-de-Siècle Spain
Chapter 3: Eduardo López Bago’s Hysterics, Tribades, and Nymphomaniacal Nuns
Chapter 4: La Regenta and the Cura Trilogy: Novels in Dialog
Chapter 5: Bucking the Trend: Emilia Pardo Bazán on Hysteria and Mysticism in Women
"Scholars of late nineteenth-century fin-de-siècle European literature, comparative literature of this era, modern Spanish literature, and women's studies will find much useful information about hysteria, mysticism, and the relationship between the two."
—Elizabeth Smith Rousselle, author of Gender and Modernity in Spanish Literature: 1789–1920