Plot Twists and Critical Turns: Queer Approaches to Early Modern Spanish Theater

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Plot Twists and Critical Turns provides a reconsideration of a variety of works of seventeenth-century Spanish theater, both standards and those that are less well-known, from perspectives grounded in recent work in queer studies. Basing his readings on the ideas of such gender theorists as Judith Butlre, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, and Leo Bersani, Stroud advances the recent trend against closure in comedia criticism by showing that early modern Spanish theater, even given the limitations placed upon it by censorship, public tastes, and its own conventional precepts, is shot through with gaps and spaces that allow one to perceive at least the outlines of an absent queer object, if not overt examples of manifest challenges to gender conformity in Lope's La Hermosa Ester, Vèlez de Guevara's La serrana de la Vera, Moreto's El lindo don Diego, Cervantes's two Algerian plays, and Calderón's Las manos blancas no ofenden and El principe constante.

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Editorial Reviews

Queen's University
Perhaps what is most important . . . are the risks that the author has taken in his provocative queer analysis of hitherto considered heterosexual/traditional ideas, concepts, and texts. This risk taking strategy is sure to engender further discussion and research in the future, an extraordinary achievement in and of itself.
— Peter E. Thompson, Calíope: Journal of the Society for Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry, 14.2, 2008
Queen's University - Peter E. Thompson
"Perhaps what is most important . . . are the risks that the author has taken in his provocative queer analysis of hitherto considered heterosexual/traditional ideas, concepts, and texts. This risk taking strategy is sure to engender further discussion and research in the future, an extraordinary achievement in and of itself."
Barbara Simerka
"Stroud provides a valuable handbook for the main lines of investigation of 'queer' study and early modern Spain; his summaries of the relevant theorists, many of whom are dense and difficult, are useful for a broad spectrum of students and advanced scholars alike."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780838756690
  • Publisher: Bucknell University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2007
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew D. Stroud is professor of Spanish at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.

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