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La novela corta espa\~nola en el siglo XVII: Mar\'\i a de Zayas y Sotomayor y Mariana de Caravajal y Saavedra. [Spanish text]

Lourdes Noemi Jimenez, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Abstract

This thesis deals with two seventeenth century Spanish writers: Maria de Zayas y Sotomayor y Mariana de Caravajal y Saavedra. Almost unknown to modern criticism, both of them shared with Miguel de Cervantes and Lope de Vega one interest, the novela corta. Zayas's novels are original, aggressive, violent and rebellious. These characteristics lead some to consider her the most outstanding Spanish feminist writer. Meanwhile, Mariana de Caravajal, the escritora madre, her opposite and counterpart, remains forgotten. The thesis begins with a short history of the anecdote as it evolved through the centuries, culminating in the Spanish short novel. The study continues with a critical examination of the way in which each writer's individual message is expressed within the constraints of the short novel form. The work concludes with a comparative study of the motives, characters and styles employed in the Novelas ejemplares y amorosas (1637) and Desenganos amorosos (1647) of Maria de Zayas and Navidades de Madrid y noches entretenidas (1660) of Mariana de Caravajal. ^

Subject Area

Literature, Comparative|Literature, Romance

Recommended Citation

Lourdes Noemi Jimenez, "La novela corta espa\~nola en el siglo XVII: Mar\'\i a de Zayas y Sotomayor y Mariana de Caravajal y Saavedra. [Spanish text]" (January 1, 1990). Doctoral Dissertations Available from Proquest. Paper AAI9110157.
http://scholarworks.umass.edu/dissertations/AAI9110157

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