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Author Rhodes, Elizabeth, 1955-

Title Dressed to kill : death and meaning in Zayas's Desengaños / Elizabeth Rhodes
Published Toronto [Ont.] : University of Toronto Press, [2011]
Saint-Lazare, Quebec : Canadian Electronic Library, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 234 pages) : illustrations, portraits, digital file
Summary Dressed to Kill reconciles Zayas's Desengaños with the age in which it was written, contextualizing the book in baroque poetics, the Spanish honour code, and fifteenth-century martyr saints' lives. Elizabeth Rhodes elegantly uncovers Zayas's intention to reform the Spanish nobility by displaying noble misbehaviour and its deadly consequences. Her book concludes by detailing the Desengaños' intriguing influence on the aesthetic base of Gothic literature by revealing that its authors were avid readers of Zayas."--Pub. desc
"The noble wives in María de Zayas's Desengaños suffer terrible fates: one is beheaded, another poisoned, one is cemented into a chimney, while yet another is locked into a tiny wall closet where she dies. The hallmark of Zayas's aesthetics, these characters are the central reason why her fiction has increased in popularity through the ages. Yet their stories pose an apparent contradiction between the author's pro-female rhetoric and her gusto for killing model women, then beautifying their mutilated cadavers
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 203-224) and index
Notes Includes some text in Spanish
Subject Zayas y Sotomayor, María de, 1590-1650. Parte segunda del sarao y entretenimientos honestos. English.
Death in literature.
Meaning (Philosophy) in literature.
Women in literature.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1442696249 (electronic bk.)
9781442696242 (electronic bk.)