Added: February 6, 2015 – Last updated: February 6, 2015


Author: Stacey L. Parker Aronson

Title: They Said, She Said

Subtitle: Making the Case for Rape in Fuenteovejuna

Journal: Bulletin of the Comediantes

Volume: 67

Issue: 2

Year: 2015

Pages: 33-47

ISSN: 0007-5108 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1944-0928 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 17th Century | European History: Spanish History | Representations: Literature / Félix Lope de Vega


Link: Project MUSE (Restricted Access)


Author: Stacey Parker Aronson, Spanish Discipline, University of Minnesota at Morris –

Abstract: »Despite the allegations of a number of literary critics to the contrary, textual and cultural evidence exists in Lope’s Fuenteovejuna to suggest that Laurencia was indeed raped. First, a consideration of her physical appearance is in order. Second, an overlooked comment by Jacinta evidences Laurencia’s rape. Third, the quality attributed to Laurencia, namely her virtue, should be understood within its socio-historical context during the early modern period, its understanding superseding an exclusively sexual meaning. Finally, this drama can be considered in light of its adherence to and subversion of what Wendy S. Hesford terms “rape scripts.”« (Source: Bulletin of the Comediantes)

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