The Women’s Framed-Novelle: The Spanish and English Traditions

  • Josephine Donovan

Abstract

Probably the most successful realization of the feminist potential of the framed-novelle genre was accomplished by Spanish writer Maria de Zayas y Sotomayor. Her two collections, the Novelas amorosas y ejem-plares (1637) and its sequel, the Parte segunda del Sarao y entretenimiento honesto, popularly called the Desengaños amorosos (1647), remain—together with the Heptaméron, which was one of Zayas’s sources—the finest examples of the genre, and masterpieces in their own right.

Keywords

Ghost Defend Dispatch Como Metaphor 

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Notes

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    Maria de Zayas y Sotomayor, A Shameful Revenge and Other Stories, trans. John Sturrock (London: Folio Society, 1963), p. 108; Maria de Zayas, Parte segunda, p. 374. Further references follow in the text.Google Scholar
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    M. M. Bakhtin, The Dialogic Imagination, ed. Michael Holquist (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1981), p. 272.Google Scholar
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    See Jacqueline Pearson, “History of The History of the Nun,” in Rereading Aphra Behn, ed. Heidi Hutner (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1993).Google Scholar

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