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Exemplary Tales of Love

María de Zayas y Sotomayor

in Exemplary Tales of Love and Tales of Disillusion

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780226768649
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226768670 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226768670.003.0004
Exemplary Tales of Love

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This book gathers a representative sample of stories, which features Zayas's signature topics—gender equality and domestic violence—written in an impassioned tone overlaid with conservative Counter-Reformation ideology. The Exemplary Tales of Love includes Julián Olivares's edition of the book's second publication. In this volume, women alternate with men in telling the Exemplary Tales of Love. Zayas's first volume of novellas contained ten stories, as did her second published ten years later, the Tales of Disillusion. Over the course of the framing narrative, which begins in the first part and concludes at the end of the second volume, Zayas's tone changed: the invective against abuse of women is much more bitter and violence against women reaches almost levels in the Tales of Disillusion.

Keywords: María de Zayas; Exemplary Tales of Love; Julián Olivares; Tales of Disillusion; Spanish literature; gender equality; abuse; women; domestic violence

Chapter.  64795 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literature

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