Zayas's diabolical magic

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Maria de Zayas exploits magic and the supernatural in a number or the twenty tales of her Novelas amorosasy ejemplares (1637) and Desenganos amorosos (1647), offeringan in novative approach to the normative allegory of the traditional exemplum. This chapter explores El desengano amandoy premio de la virtud/Disillusionment in Love and Virtue Rewarded, a witch and her witchcraft and its pernicious effects that live on beyond the ritual burning of an auto da fe. The reactions registered by the auditors at the conclusion of this tale are disturbing. Even more revealing is the group of auditors of El jardin enganoso/The Deceitful Garden, and the amnesia they collectively undergo in the course of the tale's narration. These two narratives serve to illustrate the ways in which Zayas allegorizes the shift from Renaissance example to Baroque excess.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCoups de maître
Subtitle of host publicationStudies in Medieval and Early Modern Literature and Culture, in Honour of John D. Lyons
PublisherPeter Lang AG
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781789971460
ISBN (Print)9781789971453
StatePublished - May 6 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities


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