By Barbara F. Weissberger
As queen of Spain, Isabel I of Castile (known to heritage as Isabella the Catholic, 1474-1504) oversaw the production of Europe's first geographical region and laid the principles for its emergence because the greatest empire the West has ever known-nearly a century prior to the higher identified and extra broadly studied Elizabeth I of britain. What we all know of this striking ruler is usually gleaned from hagiographic texts that negate her energy and settle for her personal propagandistic self-fashioning as valid inheritor, pious princess, committed spouse, and heaven-sent healer of the injuries inflicted on Spain's physique politic by way of impotent kings, seditious nobles, and such bad others as Jews, Muslims, and sodomites. Isabel principles is the 1st ebook to check the formation of the queen's public picture, targeting thoughts designed to deal with the ideological and cultural dissonance created through the combo of her gender and her profoundly patriarchal political application for unifying and purifying Spain. Barbara Weissberger identifies fundamental and interrelated thoughts one of the supporters of the queen-often writing in her employ-and her critics. Her loyalists use Marian imagery to painting Isabel as a pious, chaste, and submissive queen consort to her husband Ferdinand, whereas her rivals think the queen as a voracious and lascivious whore whose illicit energy threatens the virility of her male matters and inverts the normal gender hierarchy. Weissberger applies a materialist feminist viewpoint to a wide range of texts of the second one 1/2 the 15th century as a way to discover and research the masculine psychosexual anxiousness created by means of Isabel's anomalous strength. She then demonstrates the patience of the 2 aspects of the propagandistic building of the Catholic queen, reviewing smooth remedies in Francoist schoolbooks and within the fiction of Juan Goytisolo, Alejo Carpentier, and Salman Rushdie. Barbara F. Weissberger is affiliate professor of Spanish on the college of Minnesota.
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There was, of course, a substantial cultural impediment to Isabel’s bid to restore order and authority in the royal family and, by extension, in the nation: her gender. In early-modern Europe, women’s divinely ordained domestic and political subordination deemed them unﬁt to rule (Jordan, “Woman’s Rule,” 421–22). No less than Elizabeth I of England nearly one hundred years later, Isabel was, by virtue of her gender, deeply suspect as head of state. Carole Levin’s study on Elizabeth discusses the intense debate about that queen’s sexuality that went on throughout her reign.
But the version of the Coronel legend that Mena recalls is more sexually explicit, and much more gruesome: “The most chaste maiden of the cruel hands, worthy crown of the Coronel family, who fought the ﬁres [of her lust] with ﬁre. ” (143; st. 52 Mena’s glossator Francisco Sánchez de las Brozas explains the ﬁre imagery in these verses as follows in his 1582 edition of Laberinto: “while her husband was away, she was so greatly tempted by the ﬂesh that she decided to die in order to preserve her marital ﬁdelity, and she thrust a ﬁery brand into her vagina, which caused her death” (quoted in Vasvari, Laberinto, 118 n.
They warn against the tendency to essentialize the politics of carnival as populist resistance to the dominant, oﬃcial culture. Anxious Masculinity 3 They conceptualize the carnivalesque instead as a locus of contradiction and conﬂict, noting that “carnival often violently abuses and demonizes weaker, not stronger, social groups—women, ethnic and religious minorities, those who ‘don’t belong’—in a process of displaced abjection” (19). 4 The Cancionero de obras de burlas provocantes a risa (Songbook of mirth-producing works of mockery) is a treasury of grotesque bodily realism, from “Billeting in Juvera” (Aposento en Juvera), a poem in which an obese man provides lodging for the entire entourage of the papal legation on its important 1473 visit to Castile, to the Pleyto del manto, an account of a lawsuit to determine the preeminence of the cunt [coño] or the prick [carajo].