Reclaiming the Body: María de Zayas's Early Modern Feminism (RLS 270)

Reclaiming the Body: María de Zayas's Early Modern Feminism (RLS 270)

by Lisa Vollendorf
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807892742

ISBN-13: 9780807892749

Pub. Date: 07/30/2001

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

In a time when few women in Europe were educated and even fewer spoke out against the status quo, Mar­a de Zayas (1590-?) published novellas filled with criticism about gender relations. Her best-selling Novelas amorosas (1637) and Desenga±os amorosos (1647) explore the pleasures and, more frequently, the perils of sex and marriage.

Overview

In a time when few women in Europe were educated and even fewer spoke out against the status quo, Mar­a de Zayas (1590-?) published novellas filled with criticism about gender relations. Her best-selling Novelas amorosas (1637) and Desenga±os amorosos (1647) explore the pleasures and, more frequently, the perils of sex and marriage. Condemned as lewd, Zayas's work was excised from the literary canon by nineteenth-century scholars. But with the feminist revolution of the 1970s came a renewed interest in her fiction. Zayas's contemporary appeal is easily explained: through graphic images of violence against women and poignant examples of women's exclusion from social justice, she speaks to important issues of our own times.

Lisa Vollendorf illuminates this compelling author, using contemporary feminist theory to decipher the nuances of Zayas's complex ideologies. Revealing Zayas as a critical figure in European women's literary history, Vollendorf delineates the strategies and impulses behind early modern feminism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807892749
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
07/30/2001
Series:
North Carolina Studies in the Romance Languages and Literatures, 270
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
0.54(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

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