Senhora: Profile of a Woman

Paperback | January 1, 1994

byJosé de AlencarTranslated byCatarina Feldmann Edinger

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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.

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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 in...

Jose de Alencar is Brazil's major novelist and its best exponent of Indianism and regionalism. Born in Ceara on May 1, 1829, Alencar completed his early schooling in Rio de Janeiro. In 1850, he graduated from law school in Sao Paulo and then went on to practice law in Rio while teaching business law at the Instituto Comercial. Alencar ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:219 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.75 inPublished:January 1, 1994Publisher:University Of Texas Press

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ISBN - 10:029270450X

ISBN - 13:9780292704503

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsIntroductionTo the ReaderFirst Part: The PriceSecond Part: RedressThird Part: PossessionFourth Part: Ransom