Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Para un abecedario escarlata. Las expulsadas del reino del padre. Alienación y custodia de las malas mujeres


Margaret E. Boyle
Unruly Women: Performance, Penitence, and Punishment in Early Modern Spain
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division (Series: Toronto Iberic), Toronto, 2014 184 pp.
ISBN: 978-1442646155


In the first in-depth study of the interconnected relationships among public theatre, custodial institutions, and women in early modern Spain, Margaret E. Boyle explores the contradictory practices of rehabilitation enacted by women both on and off stage. Pairing historical narratives and archival records with canonical and non-canonical theatrical representations of women’s deviance and rehabilitation, Unruly Women argues that women’s performances of penitence and punishment should be considered a significant factor in early modern Spanish life.
Boyle considers both real-life sites of rehabilitation for women in seventeenth-century Madrid, including a jail and a magdalen house, and women onstage, where she identifies three distinct representations of female deviance: the widow, the vixen, and the murderess. Unruly Women explores these archetypal figures in order to demonstrate the ways a variety of playwrights comment on women’s non-normative relationships to the topics of marriage, sex, and violence.
Contents

Introduction

Part One
Chapter 1: Gendering Recogimiento in Early Modern Madrid

I. Reforming Prostitutes: Madrid’s Magdalen House
II. Reforming the Magdalen House: Madre Magdalena de San Jerónimo’s galera
III. Recogimiento as a Women’s Practice

Part Two
Chapter 2: Stage Widow in Pedro Calderón de la Barca’s La dama duende
Chapter 3: Dramatizing Women’s Community in María de Zayas’s La traición en la amistad
Chapter 4: Women’s Exemplary Violence in Luis Vélez de Guevara’s La serrana de la Vera

Conclusion

Epilogue

Appendix 1A Reason and Form of the Galera and Royal House (1608)
Appendix 1B Razón y forma de la galera y casa real (1608)
Appendix 2A Historical Compendium and Instructive Manifesto on the Origin and Foundation of the Royal House of St. Mary Magdalene of the Penitence, commonly known as the Recogidas of Madrid
Appendix 2B Compendio histórico, y manifiesto instructivo del origen, y fundación de la Real Casa de Santa María Magdalena de la Penitencia, vulgo las Recogidas de Madrid
Works Cited


Margaret E. Boyle is an assistant professor of Romance Languages at Bowdoin College. Brunswick, Maine (Portland, Maine Area)

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