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Mapping the Imagination: Feminine Embodiment in the Novels of Benito Pérez Galdós

Miller, Gabrielle
Format
Thesis/Dissertation; Online
Author
Miller, Gabrielle
Advisor
Pope, Randolph
Abstract
In recent decades critics across the academic disciplines have spoken of a “spatial turn” in scholarship that recognizes the integral role of space in constructing socio-historical narratives. Situated within this broader line of critical inquiry, my dissertation demonstrates the relevance of cultural and feminist geographies to a reappraisal of Spanish realist topographies. This project focuses specifically on the female protagonists that populate Benito Pérez Galdós’ novels, analyzing spatial relations within the fictional worlds they inhabit. Throughout, I privilege the place of the body, an important locus for feminist geographers and argue that, when read in conjunction with contemporary socio-hygienic discourses, the bodies of Galdós’ marginalized, female protagonists are inscribed with discourses of disease and disability. Nevertheless, through their appropriation of traditionally masculine spaces—the market, the street, and even education—these female characters achieve albeit fleeting moments of emancipation that paradoxically “cure” them in the eyes of critical bourgeois society, if only momentarily.
Language
English
Date Received
20150730
Published
University of Virginia, Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese, PHD (Doctor of Philosophy), 2015
Published Date
2015-07-06
Degree
PHD (Doctor of Philosophy)
Collection
Libra ETD Repository
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