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Title Senhora : profile of a woman / by José de Alencar ; translated by Catarina Feldmann Edinger
Author Alencar, José Martiniano de, 1829-1877
Edition 1st ed
Publisher Austin : University of Texas Press, 1994
Text the call number
Location Call number Status
 Skillman - Upper Level  PQ9697.A53 S413 1994    AVAILABLE  
Uniform Title Senhora. English
Phys Desc xviii, 198 p. ; 24 cm
Series The Texas Pan American series
Summary "It is a truth universally acknowledged ..." that a single woman in possession of a good character but no fortune must be in want of a wealthy husband - that is, if she is the heroine of a nineteenth-century novel. Senhora, by contrast, turns the tables on this familiar plot. Its strong-willed, independent heroine Aurelia uses newly inherited wealth to "buy back" and exact revenge on the fiance who had left her for a woman with a more enticing dowry. This exciting Brazilian novel, originally published in 1875 and here translated into English for the first time, raises intriguing questions about traditional gender relationships, the commercial nature of marriage, and the institution of the dowry. While true love and conventional marital roles triumph in the end, the novel still offers realistic insights into the social and economic structure of Rio de Janeiro in the mid-1800s. With its unexpected plot, it also opens new important perspectives on the nineteenth-century Romantic novel. -- Back cover
Notes Also issued online
Language Translated from the Portuguese
Contents Introduction ---- I. The price --- II. Redress --- III. Possession --- IV. Ransom
Subject Women -- Brazil -- Fiction
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) -- Fiction
Alt Author Edinger, Catarina T. F., translator
Alt Series Texas Pan American series
ISBN 9780292704503 (pbk. : alk. paper)
0292704496 (alk. paper)
9780292704497 (alk. paper)
029270450X (pbk. : alk. paper)

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