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Gendering the crown in the Spanish Baroque

Gendering the crown in the Spanish Baroque

  • ISBN: 9781409439639
  • Editorial: Ashgate Publishing Limited
  • Lugar de la edición: Aldershot. Reino Unido
  • Encuadernación: Cartoné
  • Medidas: 24 cm
  • Nº Pág.: 230
  • Idiomas: Inglés

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The Baroque Spanish stage is populated with virile queens and feminized kings. This study examines the diverse ways in which seventeenth-century comedias engage with the discourse of power and rulership and how it relates to gender. A privileged place for ideological negotiation, the comedia provided negative and positive reflections of kingship at a time when there was a perceived crisis of monarchical authority in the Habsburg court. Author Maria Cristina Quintero explores how playwrights such as Pedro Calderon de la Barca, Tirso de Molina, Antonio Coello, and Francisco Bances Cadamo - taking inspiration from legend, myth, and history - repeatedly staged fantasies of feminine rule, at a time when there was a concerted effort to contain women's visibility and agency in the public sphere. The comedia's preoccupation with kingship together with its obsession with the representation of women (and women's bodies) renders the question of royal subjectivity inseparable from issues surrounding masculinity and femininity. Taking into account theories of performance and performativity within a historical context, this study investigates how the themes, imagery and language in plays by Calderon and his contemporaries reveal a richly paradoxical presentation of gendered monarchical power.


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