Senhora: Profile of a Woman by José de AlencarSenhora: Profile of a Woman by José de Alencar

Senhora: Profile of a Woman

byJosé de AlencarTranslated byCatarina Feldmann Edinger

Paperback | January 1, 1994

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"It is a truth universally acknowledged . . ." that a single woman in possession of a good character but no fortune must be in want of a wealthy husband—that is, if she is the heroine of a nineteenth-century novel. Senhora, by contrast, turns the tables on this familiar plot. Its strong-willed, independent heroine Aurélia uses newly inherited wealth to "buy back" and exact revenge on the fiancé who had left her for a woman with a more enticing dowry.

This exciting Brazilian novel, originally published in 1875 and here translated into English for the first time, raises many questions about traditional gender relationships, the commercial nature of marriage, and the institution of the dowry. While conventional marital roles triumph in the end, the novel still offers realistic insights into the social and economic structure of Rio de Janeiro in the mid-1800s. With its unexpected plot, it also opens important new perspectives on the nineteenth-century Romantic novel.

José de Alencar (1829–1877) was a noted Brazilian novelist. Catarina Feldmann Edinger (1944–2006) translated many works from Portuguese; she taught at William Paterson University in New Jersey.
Title:Senhora: Profile of a WomanFormat:PaperbackDimensions:219 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.75 inPublished:January 1, 1994Publisher:University Of Texas Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:029270450X

ISBN - 13:9780292704503

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Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • To the Reader
  • First Part: The Price
  • Second Part: Redress
  • Third Part: Possession
  • Fourth Part: Ransom

Editorial Reviews

". . . an extremely important novel . . . quite startling in its revelations of money and gender as key social mechanisms in nineteenth-century Brazilian life." - Daphne Patai, Professor of Spanish and Portuguese and of Women's Studies, University of Massachusetts at Amherst