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Speaker: Shifra Armon

Title: Sexual Violence and Political Unconscious in Cervantes's La fuerza de la sangre

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Conference: 56th Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America (April 8-10, 2010)

Session: Violence in Early Modern Europe VIII

Place: Venice, Italy

Date: April 10, 2010

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 17th Century | European History: Spanish History | Representations: Literary Texts / Miguel de Cervantes


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Speaker: Shifra Armon, Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies, University of Florida

Abstract: »Cervantes’s exemplary novel, La fuerza de la sangre (1613) presents three interpretative hurdles. First, the novella imposes violence (rape) as the necessary prelude to wedded bliss. Second, through a series of interlocking coincidences, or “symmetries,” it stages its felicitous ending only to disrupt it with an asymmetrical postcript. And third, it mobilizes the force of eponymy to name its violently entwined couple Leocadia and Rodolfo. I will argue that the name Rodolfo references the Austrian Emperor Rodolfo II (1552–1612), whose failed engagement to the Spanish Infanta Isabela Clara Eugenia (1566–1633) stymied prospects for reunification of the split Hapsburg dynasty. As an allegory of frustrated political desire, or “symbolic meditation on the destiny of community” (Jameson), I resolve the hermeneutic problems of rape, asymmetry, and eponymy by envisaging, along with the community of Cervantes’s readers, a macropolitical alternative to the loathesome reign of Philip III.« (Source: Renaissance Society of America website)

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