Picking Wedlock: Women and the Courtship Novel in Spain by Shifra ArmonPicking Wedlock: Women and the Courtship Novel in Spain by Shifra Armon

Picking Wedlock: Women and the Courtship Novel in Spain

byShifra Armon

Hardcover | December 20, 2001

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In eras when women's roles were heavily circumscribed, fictions about courtship and wedlock granted women writers an unassailable framework through which they contested orthodox beliefs about their place in society. In Picking Wedlock, Shifra Armon illuminates the remarkable convergence of three women novelists of Spain's Golden Age: Maria de Zayas, Mariana de Carvahal, and Leonor de Meneses. Armon considers these extraordinary writers together for the first time, appraising them in relationship to the historical and literary nexus that gave impetus to the publication of their work. Neither silent nor powerless nor choiceless, these women asserted their alternative story of female subjectivity via a cast of characters whose narrative adventures belied the prevalent ideal of the perfecta casada, or "perfect wife." Moreover, the stock courtship plot offered an ideal allegorical screen for critiquing the diplomatic courtship scenarios upon which Spain depended for dynastic renewal. In the parallel universe of their fictions, Zayas, Carvahal, and Meneses projected their preferred solutions to the succession crisis that threatened to unseat the Spanish Hapsburgs from 1644 to 1700. Concerned more with theorizing patterns of commonality among texts written by women more than with recuperating the individual texts, Picking Wedlock is fascinating literary history on the cutting edge of contemporary feminist literary scholarship.
Shifra Armon is assistant professor of Spanish at the University of Florida.
Title:Picking Wedlock: Women and the Courtship Novel in SpainFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.24 × 6.08 × 0.75 inPublished:December 20, 2001Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0742507726

ISBN - 13:9780742507722


Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Women and the Novela de Cortejo [Courtship Novel] Chapter 3 "I Do": Nuptiality and Gender in Early Modern Spain Chapter 4 Agency and Constraint in Courtship Plots Chapter 5 The Art (and Craft) of Courtesy Chapter 6 Courtship as Political Allegory Chapter 7 Afterword Chapter 8 Appendix: Twenty-one Women's Courtship Narratives: Synopses of Nineteen Novellas and Two Cornices-Published by Women in Spanish Between 1647 and 1663 Chapter 9 Bibliography Chapter 10 Index

Editorial Reviews

Picking Wedlock is a significant and original contribution to Hispanic scholarship and feminist literary studies, written in lively, highly accessible language. Professor Armon's analysis of these three women writers' works addresses key issues in feminist history and literary theory without imposting twentieth-century values and social practices on these seventeenth-century texts. Picking Wedlock addresses the need for a comprehensive and theoretically informed approach to the contribution of women writers to the development of the novel. This is a valuable study of an undervalued literary genre and its relationship to the representation of gender in the early modern period.