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Title: Masculinities in the plays of Pedro Calderón de la Barca
Author: Evans, G.
Awarding Body: University of Cambridge
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Date of Award: 2003
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Chapters one and two offer a theoretical and historical survey of masculinities in early modern Spain, covering the following topics: Reasons for studying masculinities. Theoretical explanations for the construction of gender difference. Historical developments of masculinities. Tension between beliefs in gender as social construct and as natural essence in the early modern period. Construction of masculinity against femininity, youth and homosexuality, with examples of how official and unofficial rules and discourse punished deviance. Gender and sexuality in the context of the Golden Age popular theatre. Chapter three begins the study of Calderón's work, with theories of the male gaze applied to Darlo todo y no dar nada, looking at how the text manipulates identification with the male characters on stage and presents a female heroine who resists the male gaze that attempts to establish her as a sexual object. Chapter four examines relations between the individual male and the group, using concepts of the nation and the imperial gaze. In Amar después de la muerte, the text is seen to subvert traditional ways in which the Spanish male had looked at the Morisco male and female. Chapter five investigates the association between religion and gender, in particular the connections between female sexuality and the Garden of Eden. El mágico prodigioso is seen to reverse conventional expectations. Chapter six studies violence to women, particularly rape, and how male collusion in such violence is dramatised in No hay cosa como callar. Chapter seven explores the representation of masculine insecurity in El médico de su honra using object relations theories. The play is seen as an extreme example of the violence and objectification of women discussed in earlier chapters.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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