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Review of: Women in the Prose of María de Zayas
Hispania
  • Joan M. Hoffman, Western Washington University
Document Type
Book Review
Publication Date
6-1-2012
Abstract

With Women in the Prose of Maria de Zayas, Eavan O'Brien presents a remarkable, exception ally well-researched addition to the ever-increasing Maria de Zayas library, albeit with what is, in my estimation, an unfortunate and inexpressive title. O'Brien wholly succeeds in her stated intention to study "the complex ramifications of women's interaction in [Zayas's] prose" (5). Without a doubt, this study does represent "a new contribution to the study of Zayas's prose, unearthing a neglected and innovative aspect, its gynocentrism" (6). Using a very close reading of all twenty tales in Novelas amorosas y ejemplares and Desenganos amorosos, supported by an extensive bibliography and myriad footnotes, O'Brien examines friendships, sisterhood, and their subversion; female relationships crossing the boundaries of class; and mother-daughter relationships, including surrogate mothers and the Virgin Mary, Mother of God.

Subjects - Topical (LCSH)
Women in literature
Subjects - Names (LCNAF)
O'Brien, Eavan. Women in the prose of María de Zayas; Zayas y Sotomayor, María de, 1590-1650--Criticism and interpretation
Genre/Form
reviews (documents)
Type
Text
Language
English
Format
application/pdf
Citation Information
Joan M. Hoffman. "Review of: Women in the Prose of María de Zayas" Hispania Vol. 95 Iss. 2 (2012) p. 358 - 359
Available at: http://0-works.bepress.com.library.simmons.edu/joan_hoffman/3/