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Queering Iberia

Iberian Masculinities at the Margins


Edited By Josep M. Armengol

Questioning the traditional association between machismo and Hispanic culture, this collection of essays focuses on revisiting archetypes of masculinity from medieval Iberia to the present by placing them in the context of the divergent counter-images that have always existed below the radar. The essays in this volume investigate both the construction and de-construction of masculinity in Iberian cultures and literatures from different genres and historical periods and from different disciplines (literary studies, film studies, art, religion, visual culture, etc.) and methodological perspectives (masculinity studies, feminist theory, queer studies, cultural studies, etc.). Queering Iberia is particularly concerned with exploring alternative models that examine or challenge canonical models of manhood, placing special emphasis upon re-visions of Iberian masculinities, especially as they are manifested in Catalonia, the Basque country, Galicia, and the Americas. This book starts off from the critical assumption that rethinking masculinities from these counterpoints will contribute different perspectives on the topic, and that by exploring Iberian cultures through masculinities new aspects of the relationships among these cultures can be understood. Queering Iberia will be of interest to courses on queer, gender, and masculinity studies as well as Hispanic cultures and literatures.


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2 Beyond Don Juan: Different Models of Masculinity in the Peripheral Authors from the Spanish Second Romanticism - Begoña Regueiro-Salgado 45


CHAPTER 2 Beyond Don Juan: Different Models of Masculinity in the Peripheral Authors from the Spanish Second Romanticism Begoña Regueiro-Salgado Universidad Complutense de Madrid This chapter explores representations of masculinity in Spain during the second half of the nineteenth century, as presented in a (selected) number of literary works by peripheral Spanish Second Romantics.1 Looking at these authors and their texts, the paper will identify a number of changes in gender relations at the time, which began in the peripheral parts of Spain, and which may be associated with specific socio-economic conditions differing from those found in central Spain. Although the majority of writers from the Second Romanticism were not from Madrid, many of them met in the capital city of Spain and pursued their literary careers there. There are, however, two major exceptions to this rule, two writers who kept their links with their backgrounds and used their texts to present and defend the characteristics of their homelands. They are Antonio Trueba and Rosalía de Castro, who came from the Basque Country and Galicia, respectively, two communities in which there was a rise in nationalism at the time. Both authors were centrally concerned with showing the rest of Spain the particular characteristics of these regions, including, as we shall see, men and women’s patterns of behavior. While my study focuses on these two writers and the new masculine models they portray in their works, it may be necessary to begin by examining certain aspects of the general...

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