Date of Award

Spring 4-27-2023

Document Type

Honors Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Modern Languages and Literatures

Department Chair or Program Director

Rotter, Marcel

First Advisor

Betsy Lewis

Major or Concentration



In the Age of the Enlightenment, women of nobility in Spain began to gain some authority to contribute to society. The tertulia provided women with a path into the political and social climate of Spain. This research examines the role of women in tertulias, specifically exploring primary documents from the Academia del Buen Gusto and analyzing them for their depiction of Enlightenment ideals and women. This research also examines the life and work of the Marquesa de Fuerte- Híjar, a woman who played many roles throughout her life, from an orphan and wife to a tertulia owner and president of the Junta de Damas. By exploring the impact of the tertulia and the role that women played in its existence, an emphasis is placed on the importance of art as a tool for change in the political sphere.