Feminism and the Honor Plays of Lope de Vega

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 Feminism and the Honor Plays of Lope de Vega
Purdue University Press

Book Description

Between 1585 and 1631, the Spanish playwright Lope de Vega wrote more than forty-five plays dealing with the theme of conjugal honor. Drawing on recent feminist theories and touching on literary, social, and anthropological aspects, Professor Yarbro-Rejarano demonstrates that hierarchical relations of gender, race, and social status mutually inform one another as structuring principles of these plays. She takes into account plays that reveal their conventional, formulaic views of the Christian feminine ideal as well as those whose variety and flexibility present women subverting their expected roles. By identifying moments of resistance and subversion in the texts, the author argues against excessively monolithic interpretations of such discourses of containment.

About the Author(s):

Yvonne Yarbro-Bejarano is a Professor in the Spanish & Portuguese Department at Stanford University.