488. The Vulnerable Female Body in Early Modern Spanish Literature
Sunday, 11 January, 10:15–11:30 a.m., Huron, Sheraton Chicago
Program arranged by the Division on Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Spanish Drama and GEMELA: Grupo de Estudios sobre la Mujer en España y las Américas (pre-1800)
Presiding: Barbara Simerka, Queens Coll., City Univ. of New York
Speakers: Stacey L. Parker Aronson, Univ. of Minnesota, Morris; María M. Carrión, Univ. of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras; Alyson Cole, Queens Coll., City Univ. of New York; Thomas Patrick Finn, Ohio Northern Univ.; Bonnie Gasior, California State Univ., Long Beach
The baroque aesthetic of the grotesque provided a new medium for representing abuses perpetrated on the vulnerable female body. This interdisciplinary roundtable employs discourses of victimhood and the legal model of vulnerability studies as the frame for studying gruesome episodes of rape and domestic violence in Cervantes, Zayas, and hagiographic drama.
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