1st Edition

Staging Violence
Gender and Social Control In Jacaras and Entremeses

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ISBN 9780367180539
April 5, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
288 Pages

USD $160.00

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Book Description

Staging Violence explores gender violence in Spanish early modern short theater.

This book deals with domestic violence against women, extorsion of prostitutes, and violence against men who display non-conventional forms of masculinity. The author argues that many ‘jácaras’ and ‘entremeses’ stage subversive discourses that repudiate or complicate official narratives of gender and the use of violence as a tool for achieving gender compliance. Short comic pieces are read against comedias. Each section of the book is expertly contextualised through an overview of the legal and moral context and the analysis of a variety of primary sources (law codes, manuals of conduct, church rulings, transcripts of civil and religious trials, medical manuals, and personal letters) as well as statistical information. Staging Violence invites the reader to consider the transgressive potential of performance. 

As the first monograph entirely dedicated to the study of gender in this genre, this book is a vital resource for students and scholars interested in gender studies and theatre. 

Table of Contents

Introduction: Gender, Violence, and Theater in Early Modern Spain  Part 1. On Violence Against Women  1. Women and Domestic Violence in Early Modern Spain  2. Wife Battering in the Entremeses  3. Prostitution in the Underworld of the Jácaras  Part 2. On Violence Against Men  4. Renegotiating Masculinity in the Advent of Modernity  5. Lindos, Sodomites, Cross-dressers, and Impotent Men  6. Juan Rana: Neither Nor  Afterword

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Tania de Miguel Magro is Associate Professor of Spanish in the Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics at West Virginia University, USA.