Marginal Subjects: Gender and Deviance in Fin-de-siecleSpain

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Late nineteenth-century Spanish fiction is populated by adulteresses, prostitutes, seduced women, and emasculated men - indicating an almost obsessive interest in gender deviance. In Marginal Subjects, Akiko Tsuchiya shows how the figure of the deviant woman—and her counterpart, the feminized man - revealed the ambivalence of literary writers towards new methods of social control in Restoration Spain.

Focusing on works by major realist authors such as Benito Pérez Galdós, Emilia...

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Overview

Late nineteenth-century Spanish fiction is populated by adulteresses, prostitutes, seduced women, and emasculated men - indicating an almost obsessive interest in gender deviance. In Marginal Subjects, Akiko Tsuchiya shows how the figure of the deviant woman—and her counterpart, the feminized man - revealed the ambivalence of literary writers towards new methods of social control in Restoration Spain.

Focusing on works by major realist authors such as Benito Pérez Galdós, Emilia Pardo Bazán, and Leopoldo Alas (Clarín), as well as popular novelists like Eduardo López Bago, Marginal Subjects argues that these archetypes were used to channel collective anxieties about sexuality, class, race, and nation. Tsuchiya also draws on medical and anthropological texts and illustrated periodicals to locate literary works within larger cultural debates. Marginal Subjects is a riveting exploration of why realist and naturalist narratives were so invested in representing gender deviance in fin-de-siècle Spain.

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Editorial Reviews

Jennifer Smith
‘Impeccably researched and illuminating study of representations of gender deviance in late nineteenth-century Spanish literature and culture… Marginal Subjects is an outstanding piece of scholarship and required reading for specialists in nineteenth-century Peninsular literature and culture, particularly those concerned with questions of gender.’
Hispanic Review: winter 2012 - Lou Charnon-Deutsch
‘Tsuchiya’s excellent study makes a thorough use of primary sources relating to nineteenth-century prostitution, hygiene, and other issues that impacted social perceptions of gender deviancy in nineteenth-century European society.’
Toni Dorca
‘The book also stands out for the thoroughness of the 'close readings' that brilliantly combine literary and cultural analysis, all of which is rendered in a prose that is both precise and elegant ... The author's reading always enriches the myriads of interpretation that are possible for each text.’
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442642942
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 4/30/2011
  • Series: University of Toronto Romance Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Akiko Tsuchiya is a professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Washington University.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Credits

Notes on the Translations

List of Illustrations

Introduction: Discourses on Deviance in Nineteenth-Century Spain

  1. The Deviant Female Body Under Surveillance: Galdós´s La desheredada
  2. “Las Micaelas por fuera y por dentro”: Discipline and Resistance in Fortunata y Jacinta
  3. Consuming Subjects: Female Reading and Deviant Sexuality in Late Nineteenth-Century Spain
  4. Gender Trouble and the Crisis of Masculinity in the fin-de-siglo: Clarín’s Su único hijo and Pardo Bazán’s Memorias de un solterón
  5. Gender, Orientalism, and the Performance of National Identity in Pardo Bazán’s Insolación
  6. Taming the Prostitute’s Body: Desire, Knowledge, and the Naturalist Gaze in López Bago’s La prostituta series
  7. Female Subjectivity and Agency in Matilde Cherner’s María Magdalena

Conclusion

Works Cited

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