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

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

by Akiko Tsuchiya
     
 

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

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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 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

Anales Galdosianos; vol 47:2012 - 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.’
Revista de Literatura (Madrid). Vol. 75: 149: 2013 - Aurélie Vialette
‘Marginal Subjects constitutes an essential contribution to studies on Spanish modernity and is indispensable to specialists in Peninsular culture, gender studies and the nineteenth-century novel….Rare are books that offer academic and theoretical rigor, at the same time as the pleasure of a provocative reading which the reader faces under Akiko Tsuchiya's pen.’
Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies Volume 16, 2012 - Harriet S. Turner
‘Tsuchiya’s style of writing is lucid, devoid of jargon, and negotiates the complicated steps from text to context with precision and finesse…This book will be indispensable to teaching and to research on the literature and culture of late nineteenth century Spain.’

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442642942
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date:
04/30/2011
Series:
University of Toronto Romance Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

What People are saying about this

L. Elena Delgado
‘Featuring impeccable writing and analysis, Marginal Subjects is an impressive examination of gender deviance in nineteenth-century Spanish literature. Akiko Tsuchiya, who shows an expert knowledge of the topic, develops and contextualizes her arguments carefully and commendably. An excellent example of how close readings of literary texts can be combined with cultural analysis, Marginal Subjects is a major contribution to research in the field of nineteenth-century European literature and Gender studies.’

Meet the Author

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

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