Topic: Bad Girls on Stage
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Callaway Center S104
Content: In both Early Modern Spain and Spanish America, the figure of the "bad girl" takes a variety of forms, some familiar and others surprising, including witches, criminals, prostitutes, adulterers, single women, orphans, lesbians, abused wives, brainy women and back-stabbing girlfriends. Against the backdrop of the Spanish Inquisition, colonization and the early decline of the Spanish empire, this course aims to rethink the category of the "bad girl" in these two territories by examining her shifting representation in a series of plays, chronicles and institutional manuals. We will also consider how representations of the early modern "bad girl" has been adapted by popular films in order to promote a larger discussion about the relationships between gender, deviance and containment.
Primary Texts: María de Zayas, La traición en la amistad, Lope de Vega, La dama duende. Luís Vélez de Guevara, La serrana de la vera, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Los empeños de una casa, Bartolomé Arzáns de Orsúa y Vela, Historia de la Villa Imperial de Potosí (selections), Juan Rodríguez Freyle, El Carnero (selections)
Films: Rouben Mamoulian, Queen Christina (1934), Josef von Sternberg, The Scarlett Empress (1934), Andy Flickman, She's the Man (2006), Mark Waters, Mean Girls (2004)
Particulars: Evaluation will include attendance and class participation, weekly response papers, midterm and final paper.
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