Gender, Identity, and Representation in Spain's Golden Age

Gender, Identity, and Representation in Spain's Golden Age

Gender, Identity, and Representation in Spain's Golden Age

Gender, Identity, and Representation in Spain's Golden Age

Synopsis

"In 1991 The Perception of Women in Spanish Theater of the Golden Age provided a forum for a group of Hispanists concerned with correcting the failure to acknowledge the place of women in Golden Age Spain. This new collection of essays reflects the continuing interest in the topic and provides a new historical focus on literature and culture together."

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Anita K. Stoll and Dawn L. Smith

A number of important studies in the past decade have FOcused on the subject of gender, identity, and representations in Hispanic literature, both in our own time and in earlier periods. Paul Julian Smith looks at the role of the marginalized in several books, including Representing the Other and The Body Hispanic (Williamsen, “Re-Writing”; Cruz). George Mariscal dismissed the topic of subjectivity for women in Contradictory Subjects: Quevedo, Cervantes, and Seventeenth-Century Spanish Culture (Sharon Voros’s essay discusses this issue in more detail). Ruth El Saffar was one of the first to deal solely with the issue of women in the context of the Golden Age in her 1988 monograph Rapture Enraged. the Perception of Women in Spanish Theater of the Golden Age (1991) is one of a group of collections of essays that attempt to correct the oversight of the place of women in Golden Age Spain. in recent years interest in the topic has increased and expanded to include a new historical focus on literature and culture together. Among significant studies with these concerns are Religion, Body and Gender in Early Modern Spain (1991) and Sex and Love in Golden Age Spain (1996), edited by Alain Saint-Saens, and Spanish Women in the Golden Age: Images and Realities (1996), edited by Saint-Saens with Magdalena S. Sanchez (1996). Matthew Stroud’s The Play in the Mirror: Lacanian Perspectives on Spanish Baroque Theater (1996), offers a psychoanalytic approach. in the words of Anne Cruz, this approach is important because,

… the divergence between women’s historical experiences in the Re
naissance and their literary depictions requires that we attempt to ad
dress and reconcile these differences by problematizing ideologically
the rhetorical strategies underpinning representation. Through its em
phasis on repression and the unconscious, psychoanalysis allows us to

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