Persephone's Girdle: Narratives of Rape in Seventeenth-Century Spanish Literature

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A bold, gender-inflected reinterpretation of secular Spanish texts of the early modern period that focuses on sexual violence as expressive of cultural and political issues.

Marcia Welles applies her extensive knowledge of Spanish Golden Age literature and her insightful grasp of current literary theory to synthesize a wide range of material into a uniquely engaging and refreshing interpretation of well-known texts. While the subject of rape and violence has been studied in ...

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Overview

A bold, gender-inflected reinterpretation of secular Spanish texts of the early modern period that focuses on sexual violence as expressive of cultural and political issues.

Marcia Welles applies her extensive knowledge of Spanish Golden Age literature and her insightful grasp of current literary theory to synthesize a wide range of material into a uniquely engaging and refreshing interpretation of well-known texts. While the subject of rape and violence has been studied in other European literatures, Persephone's Girdle is the first to do so in the field of early modern Spanish literature.

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Persephone's Girdle is an excellent study of the relations of gender and power in early modern Spain. It will constitute a valuable contribution to our understanding of Spanish culture in the seventeenth century.
—Lia Schwartz-Lerner, Dartmouth College
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826513359
  • Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press
  • Publication date: 2/21/2000
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 7.96 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Marcia L. Welles is professor of Spanish at Barnard College. Her previous works include Style and Structure in Gracian's "El Criticon" (1976) and Arachne's Tapestry: The Transformation of Myth in Seventeenth-Century Spain (1986). In her articles she has examined the relationship between verbal and visual art and focused attention on both contemporary and Golden Age women writers.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
To the Reader
Introduction 1
1 Rape and the Resolution of Class Conflict: Cervantes's "La fuerza de la sangre" (Exemplary Stories) 39
2 Rape and Revolution: The Chaste Lucretia 51
Rojas Zorrilla's Lucrecia y Tarquino: "The Taming of Lucretia"
Lope's El principe despenado: "Lucretia Interrupta"
3 The Gendering of Violence: Women in the Peasant Honor Plays - A Diversionary Tactic 76
4 Text and Transformation: Mythology and Bible as Source 116
"The Rape of Deianeira" in Calderon's El pintor de su deshonra
A Tale of Two Sisters: Procne and Philomela
The Transformation of Tamar
5 A Contemporary Rape Narrative: Julia - The Prison House of Silence 176
Afterword 186
Notes 193
Bibliography 225
Index 249
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