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Maria De Zayas Tells Baroque Tales of Love and the Cruelty of Men Margaret Rich Greer

Maria De Zayas Tells Baroque Tales of Love and the Cruelty of Men

Margaret Rich Greer

Published June 1st 2000
ISBN : 9780271019871
Hardcover
468 pages
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Maria de Zayas y Sotomayor (1590-1650?) published two collections of novellas, Novelas amorosas y exemplares (1637) and Desenganos amorosos (1647), which were immensely popular in her day. During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries,MoreMaria de Zayas y Sotomayor (1590-1650?) published two collections of novellas, Novelas amorosas y exemplares (1637) and Desenganos amorosos (1647), which were immensely popular in her day. During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Victorian and bourgeois sensibilities exiled her scandalous works to the outer fringes of serious literature. Over the last two decades, however, she has gained an enthusiastic and ever-expanding readership, drawing intense critical attention and achieving canonical status as a major figure of the Spanish Golden Age.In this first comprehensive study of Zayass prose, Margaret R. Greer explores the relationship between narration and desire, analyzing both the desire for readers displayed by Zayas in her Prologue and the sexual desire that drives the telling within the novellas themselves. Greer examines Zayass narrative strategies through the twin lenses of feminist and psychoanalytic theory. She devotes close attention to the weight of Renaissance literary traditions and the role of Zayass own cultural context in shaping her work. She discusses Zayass biography and the reception of her publications- her advocacy of womens rights- her conflictive loyalty to an aristocratic, patriarchal order- her crafting of feminine tales of desire- and her erasure of the frontiers between the natural and supernatural, indeed, between love and death itself. In so doing, Greer offers an expansive analysis of this recently rediscovered Golden Age writer.