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La Tramoyera: A New Role for Women in the Golden Age Comedia de Capa y Espada

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Title: La Tramoyera: A New Role for Women in the Golden Age Comedia de Capa y Espada
Author(s): Sánchez, Jelena
Advisor(s): Hernández, Rosilie
Contributor(s): Cruz, Anne J.; Marsh, Steve; Gajic, Tatjana; Markowski, Michal
Department / Program: Hispanic Studies
Graduate Major: Hispanic Studies
Degree Granting Institution: University of Illinois at Chicago
Degree: PhD, Doctor of Philosophy
Genre: Doctoral
Subject(s): Tramoyera comedia de capa y espada female agency women in early modern Spanish theater and society Don Gil de las calzas verdes La Traición en la amistad La moza del cántaro La viuda valenciana El vergonzoso en palacio El acero de Madrid comedia women in seventeenth-century society
Abstract: This thesis offers a new classification for the female protagonists of the capa y espada plays in early modern Spain. The term tramoyeras, the 17th century vernacular epithet for scheming women, depicts a new distinction for these intelligent and cunning characters of agency and sets them apart from the similar yet different categories of female figures in the nueva comedia. The tramoyeras are women who take up subject positions in order to become agents of their own desire. This study presents a revisionist approach to the highly popular, comedic genre that challenged the success of tragedies and tragicomedies in seventeenth-century Spain. This thesis analyzes female agency through the lens of masquerade, transvestism, sex, language, voice, and property. The images of female insubordination displayed in the action, the dramatic discourse, and the opportunistic weddings emphasize possibilities and ruptures in the gender and social discourses of the dominant culture. Closure as meaning is produced not only by structural closing but by all the factors of representation and response implicated in the interactive process of dramatic production. The aim of this dissertation is to reaffirm women’s position as subject in literature and history.
Issue Date: 2013-02-21
Genre: thesis
Rights Information: Copyright 2012 Jelena Sánchez
Date Available in INDIGO: 2013-02-21
Date Deposited: 2012-12

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