The Community of Women in María de Zayas y Sotomayor’s La traición en la amistad

by Ferrer, Joshua

Abstract (Summary)
In the predominantly male world of the Spanish comedia, the seventeenth-century play La traición en la amistad by María de Zayas y Sotomayor is distinct not just for its status as a play written by a woman, but also for its use of predominantly female protagonists. Due to the unique formulaic nature of the comedia, it is quite reasonable to presuppose that Zayas felt a particular need to maintain societal order, which she does through use of traditional theatrical conventions in her work. Nonetheless, through the creation of a local community of women separate from the dominant community of men in the play, Zayas carefully raises the notion of change to like-minded viewers. This thesis will explore the ways in which María de Zayas follows traditional tenets of the Spanish theatrical form; while at the same time also subtly suggests the notion of alternate possibilities for women through representations of a local community.
Bibliographical Information:


School:Miami University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:zayas y sotomayor maría de 1590 1650 criticism and interpretation spanish drama classical period 1500 1700 women in literature spain community


Date of Publication:01/01/2004

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