Fictions of the Feminine in the Nineteenth-Century Spanish Press

Fictions of the Feminine in the Nineteenth-Century Spanish Press

by Lou Charnon-Deutsch
     
 

ISBN-10: 0271019131

ISBN-13: 9780271019130

Pub. Date: 12/28/1999

Publisher: Penn State University Press

How was the female body perceived in the popular culture of late nineteenth-century Spain? Using a wide array of images from popular magazines of the day, Lou Charnon-Deutsch finds that women were typically presented in ways that were reassuring to the emerging bourgeois culture.

Charnon-Deutsch organizes the 190 images reproduced in this book into six broad

Overview

How was the female body perceived in the popular culture of late nineteenth-century Spain? Using a wide array of images from popular magazines of the day, Lou Charnon-Deutsch finds that women were typically presented in ways that were reassuring to the emerging bourgeois culture.

Charnon-Deutsch organizes the 190 images reproduced in this book into six broad categories, or "fictions of the feminine": she reads women's bodies as a romantic symbol of beauty or evil, as a privileged link with the natural order, as a font of male inspiration, as a mouthpiece of bourgeois mores, as a focalized point of male fear and desire, and as an eroticized expression of Spanish exoticism and political ambitions. These imaginary visions of femininity, Charnon-Deutsch argues, were a response to, and also helped to create, gendered stereotypes by suggesting ideal feminine behavior and poses. Further, they comprised a reassuring "between-male" cultural medium that provided graphic validation of women's docile body for a culture enthralled with femininity.

Integrating the fields of literature and cultural studies, Charnon-Deutsch's approach to this subject is unique. Many of the images collected here are available for the first time, and they represent only a fraction of the two thousand images Charnon-Deutsch collected during her research. This book will appeal to students of Spanish cultural studies and gender studies, as well as to art historians.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780271019130
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Publication date:
12/28/1999
Series:
Studies in Romance Literatures
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
8.82(w) x 11.41(h) x 1.01(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
ix
Acknowledgments xvii
Introduction 1(12)
The Naturalization of Feminine Nature
13(40)
Family Values
53(32)
The Queen's Body
85(42)
The Economy of the Image, The Imaging of the Economy
127(48)
Exoticism and the Sexual Politics of Difference
175(48)
Death Becomes Her
223(52)
Conclusion: Nuestros grabados
267(8)
Notes 275(16)
Bibliography 291(12)
Index 303

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