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Author Fox, Dian, author.

Title Hercules and the King of Portugal : icons of masculinity and nation in Calderón's Spain / Dian Fox
Published Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2019]


Description 1 online resource (xxx, 303 pages)
Series New Hispanisms
Contents Introduction -- Honor, gender, and (Spanish) nation -- Part 1. Hercules. Hercules Hispanicus -- The deaths of Hercules -- Hercules redux : transvestism and the hombre esquivo -- Part 2. King Sebastian. En route to King Sebastian -- The once and future king : Sebastian and Sebastianisms -- Staging Sebastian : the body that mattered -- Conclusions
Summary Hercules and the King of Portugal investigates how representations of masculinity figure in the fashioning of Spanish national identity, scrutinizing ways that gender performances of two early modern male icons-Hercules and King Sebastian-are structured to express enduring nationhood. The classical hero Hercules features prominently in Hispanic foundational fictions and became intimately associated with the Hapsburg monarchy in the early sixteenth century. King Sebastian of Portugal (1554-78), both during his lifetime and after his violent death, has been inserted into his own land's charter myth, even as competing interests have adapted his narratives to promote Spanish power. The hybrid oral and written genre of poetic Spanish theater, as purveyor and shaper of myth, was well situated to stage and resolve dilemmas relating both to lineage determined by birth and performance of masculinity, in ways that would ideally uphold hierarchy. Dian Fox's ideological analysis exposes how the two icons are subject to political manipulations in seventeenth-century Spanish theater and other media. Fox finds that officially sanctioned and sometimes popularly produced narratives are undercut by dynamic social and gendered processes: "Hercules" and "Sebastian" slip outside normative discourses and spaces to enact nonnormative behaviors and unreproductive masculinities
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
SUBJECT Sebastião, King of Portugal, 1554-1578 -- In literature
Hercules (Roman mythological character) -- In literature
Heracles (Greek mythological character) -- In literature
Calderón de la Barca, Pedro, 1600-1681 -- Criticism and interpretation
Calderón de la Barca, Pedro, 1600-1681. fast (OCoLC)fst00033671
Heracles (Greek mythological character) fast (OCoLC)fst00955263
Hercules (Roman mythological character) fast (OCoLC)fst01914133
Sebastião, King of Portugal, 1554-1578. fast (OCoLC)fst00064540
Subject Spanish literature -- Classical period, 1500-1700 -- History and criticism
Masculinity in literature.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- European -- Spanish & Portuguese.
HISTORY -- Europe -- Spain & Portugal.
Masculinity in literature.
Spanish literature -- Classical period.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781496212153