Graduation Year

2005

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

M.A.

Degree Granting Department

Spanish

Major Professor

Dr. Carlos Cano.

Keywords

Romanticism, Poetry, Treatment of women, Subjectivity, Female sexuality

Abstract

This work explores the portrayal of the female subject in the work of the Spanish Romantic poet. Jos Ì?de Espronceda, This study will analyze the misogynistic representation of women and the denial of female subjectivity.The first chapter discusses the biographical, historical and literary contexts of Esproncedas work. This section will discuss Romantic notions of subjectivity,as well as the ambivalence towards the women during the 19th century. This ambivalence produced a conflict that was reflected in the representation of women as either pure angels or vile demons.The first work that will be discussed is the poem A Jarifa en una orgaÌ?. I will explore how Espronceda vilifies the sexuality of the female protagonist andhow Jarifa is used to reflect the disillusionment of the poet. This section will show how female subjectivity is displaced in favor of the male subject.The second work I will examine is El estudiante de Salamanca.

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