Notions of Man and Manhood in Seventeenth-century Iberia: the Nobleman of La margarita del Tajo que dio nombre a Santaren of Ángela de Avezedo.

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  • Author(s): João DODMAN, Maria1
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    Moenia: Revista Lucense de Lingúística & Literatura. 2012, Vol. 18, p401-415. 15p.
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    • Abstract:
      This essay examines notions of man and manhood in the plays of the Ángela de Azevedo, in particular La margarita del Tajo que dio nombre a Santaren, Azevedo's least-known and least-studied work. This essay considers the portrayal of the nobleman in this work as a representation of Spain's and Portugal's troubling realities of decadence and perceived ef-feminacy. Additionally, it considers how Azevedo participates in current debates on masculin-ity by incorporating a close reading of the characterization of Britaldo, the main male protago-nist. The analysis reveals Azevedo's extraordinary boldness and open criticism of all men, spar-ing no disapproval toward the men of Portugal, her otherwise beloved country. Ultimately, in a society ruled by male disorder, only the dignified behaviour of women meets noble precepts of male conduct. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]