The Metamorphoses of Don Juan's Women: Early Parity to Late Modern Pathology (Spanish Studies S. No. 28)

The Metamorphoses of Don Juan's Women: Early Parity to Late Modern Pathology (Spanish Studies S. No. 28)

By: Ann Davies (author)Hardback

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While many scholars have approached Don Juan in terms of myth, this study argues for the understanding of Don Juan as a discourse of gender relations, changing over time. Using examples from the plays by Tirso de Molina, Moliere, Mozart, Zorrila, Shaw and Frisch, it argues that Don Juan's entire identity as a male individual is constructed around women, but that over time - reflecting a growing sense of crisis in the male individual - the women appear more and more pathological in their desire for Don Juan. In contrast with early modern works where women fend for themselves in a positive manner, the heroines of later Don Juan works actively prey on the individual male. This book argues that these changes in approach to the female characters, and, in tandem, the developing identity of the male protagonist, suggest Don Juan as dischronic discourse rather than myth. Don Juan is not the eternal seducer, but one of a variety of discourses through which gender relations are negotiated. This book will interest not only Don Juan scholars but also scholars and students of European literature, theatre and gender discourses in literature and culture.

About Author

Ann Davies received a doctorate in Hispanic Studies from King's College London. She currently works as a Lecturer in Spanish Studies in the School of Modern Languages at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.


Acknowledgements; Preface; 1. Introduction: Heterosexual relations as a vehicle of change, Sex and gender as historical phenomena, Don Juan: discourse or myth?, The question of selectivity; 2. The search for identity: The earlier works, The later plays; 3. The early plays: Noblewomen, Peasant women, 'Hysterical' women; 4. The Romantic era: Kierkegaard and Hoffmann: nineteenth-century attitudes, Zorrilla and dona Ines; 5. The twentieth-century plays: Shaw, Frisch; 6. The male characters: Figures of authority: kings and fathers, The servant, The Octavio figure, Fear and hatred of women, 7. Punishment: The need for punishment, Affirmation of the community and suppression of the individual, Zorrilla's pantheon, Twentieth-century notions of punishment; 8. Conclusion and coda: a reappraisal of Tirso de Molina, Coda: Tirso de Molina and the characterization of women; Bibliography; Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780773463431
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 297
  • ID: 9780773463431
  • ISBN10: 0773463437

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