By Margaret Boyle
In the 1st in-depth learn of the interconnected relationships between public theatre, custodial associations, and girls in early sleek Spain, Margaret E. Boyle explores the contradictory practices of rehabilitation enacted by way of girls either off and on level. Pairing ancient narratives and archival documents with canonical and non-canonical theatrical representations of women’s deviance and rehabilitation, Unruly Women argues that women’s performances of penitence and punishment might be thought of a significant component in early sleek Spanish life.
Boyle considers either real-life websites of rehabilitation for ladies in seventeenth-century Madrid, together with a prison and a magdalen condo, and girls onstage, the place she identifies 3 precise representations of woman deviance: the widow, the vixen, and the murderess. Unruly Women explores those archetypal figures in an effort to exhibit the methods various playwrights touch upon women’s non-normative relationships to the subjects of marriage, intercourse, and violence.