Center of Mexican American Studies
Center of Mexican American Studies

MALS Graduate Portfolio Plática: Lizeth Elizondo

Wed, March 1, 2017 | Room 2.206 (Multipurpose Room), Gordon-White Building (GWB), The University of Texas at Austin

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Join us for our Spring 2017 Graduate Portfolio Plática series!
Join us for our Spring 2017 Graduate Portfolio Plática series!

The "Uncontrollable" Women of Spanish San Antonio

This portfolio plática by Lizeth Elizondo presents a grouping of women whose husbands deemed “uncontrollable” in Spanish San Antonio between the years 1735-1820. This presentation is part of a larger project that uses criminal trials of “illicit” sexuality to uncover the social history of the Spanish borderlands, most specifically, the provinces of Texas and Coahuila. These “uncontrollable” women challenged patriarchal norms and expectations by having public adulterous affairs, pre-marital sexual relationships, and casual trysts. Their testimony and actions reveal a glimpse of Spanish San Antonio’s early community, and unveil a society that was lenient towards and accepting of “licentious” sexuality.

Lizeth Elizondo is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History with a Graduate Portfolio in Mexican American and Latina/o Studies. Her supervisor is Ann Twinam, Professor in the Department of History.

Sponsored by: Center for Mexican American Studies

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