Exemplary Tales of Love and Tales of Disillusion by María De Zayas Y SotomayorExemplary Tales of Love and Tales of Disillusion by María De Zayas Y Sotomayor

Exemplary Tales of Love and Tales of Disillusion

byMaría De Zayas Y SotomayorTranslated byMargaret R. Greer, Elizabeth Rhodes

Paperback | June 30, 2009

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At the height of María de Zayas’s popularity in the mid-eighteenth century, the number of editions in print of her work was exceeded only by the novels of Cervantes.  But by the end of the nineteenth century, Zayas had been excluded from the Spanish literary canon because of her gender and the sociopolitical changes that swept Spain and Europe. Exemplary Tales of Love and Tales of Disillusion gathers a representative sample of seven stories, which features Zayas’s signature topics—gender equality and domestic violence—written in an impassioned tone overlaid with conservative Counter-Reformation ideology. This edition updates the scholarship since the most recent English translations, with a new introduction to Zayas’s entire body of stories, and restores Zayas’s author’s note and prologue, omitted from previous English-language editions. Tracing her slow but steady progress from notions of ideal love to love’s treachery, Exemplary Tales of Love and Tales of Disillusion will restore Zayas to her rightful place in modern letters.
Margaret R. Greer is professor of Spanish at Duke University. She is the author or editor of many books, including the coeditor of Rereading the Black Legend, also published by the University of Chicago Press.Elizabeth Rhodes is associate professor of Hispanic studies at Boston College. She is the author, most recently, of This Tight E...
Title:Exemplary Tales of Love and Tales of DisillusionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:June 30, 2009Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0226768651

ISBN - 13:9780226768656


Table of Contents


Series Editors’ Introduction

Volume Editors’ Introduction

Volume Editors’ Bibliography

Note on the Translations


I Exemplary Tales of Love

Title Page (1637 Edition)  

To the Reader

Prologue by a Disinterested Person


Taking a Chance on Losing

Second Night

Forewarned but Fooled

Fifth Night

The Judge of Her Own Case

The Deceitful Garden


II Tales of Disillusion

Title Page (1647 Edition)


Her Lover’s Slave

Second Night

Fifth Tale of Disillusion

Tenth Tale of Disillusion


A Contents of Maria de Zayas y Sotomayor’s Novella Collections

B Map of Locations of Stories

C Glossary

Series Editors’ Bibliography