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At the height of Maria de Zayas' popularity in the mid-eighteenth century, the number of editions in print of her work was exceeded only by the novels of Cervantes. But by the end of the nineteenth century, Zayas had been excluded from the Spanish literary canon because of her gender and the sociopolitical changes that swept Spain and Europe. "Exemplary Tales of Love and Tales of Disillusion" gathers a representative sample of seven stories, featuring Zayas' signature topics - gender equality and domestic violence - written in an impassioned tone overlaid with conservative Counter-Reformation ideology.This edition updates the scholarship since the most recent English translations, with a new introduction to Zayas' entire body of stories, and restores Zayas' author's note and prologue, omitted from previous English-language editions. Tracing her slow but steady progress from notions of ideal love to love's treachery, "Exemplary Tales of Love and Tales of Disillusion" will restore Zayas to her rightful place in modern letters.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226768656
ISBN-10: 0226768651
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 23mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 3-Jul-2009
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Maria de Zayas y Sotomayor

Margaret R. Greer is professor of Spanish at Duke University. She is the author or editor of many books, including Rereading the Black Legend, also published by the University of Chicago Press. Elizabeth Rhodes is associate professor of Hispanic studies at Boston College. She is the author, most recently, of This Tight Embrace: Luisa de Carvajal y Mendoza (1566-1614).