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La misoginia como remedium amoris

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Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)237-254
Number of pages18
JournalBulletin of Hispanic Studies
Volume89
Issue number3
DOIs
Published2012

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Abstract

This study proposes that many of the texts written against women in general or
individually from the late fourteenth to the late fifteenth centuries depend on a
widely held belief of fundamental importance which has chiefly been forgotten in
critical work, namely the efficacy of misogynous discourse as a remedy for love. A
wide range of texts in Castilian and Catalan are analysed with the aim of demonstrating that this belief, deriving from Ovid, but also based in medical theory, lies at the heart of much of the literature that has been usually labelled ‘misogynous’, while the cure for love in male readers through words, more than the denunciation of women as such, was the main reason for writing these texts.

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