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
     
 

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.

See more details below

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.

Read More

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)

Meet the Author

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Titles of Maria de Zayas's Prose Fiction13
Introduction: Reclaiming the Body15
Pt. 1Flesh and Blood
ISocial and Literary Contexts of Corporeality35
IIViolence Denaturalized: Feminist Readings of the Body Imperiled83
Pt. 2The Boundaries of Gender
IIIWomen's Place in the Social Order: Public, Private, and Convent Life125
IVCrossdressers, Avengers, and the Performance of Gender158
Conclusion: Feminism Embodied197
Works Cited216
Index229

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >