The Force of Habit (La fuerza de la costumbre) by Guillén de Castro

Edited by Melissa R. Machit and translated by Kathleen Jeffs

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ISBN: 9781786941459

Publication: November 30, 2018

Series: Aris & Phillips Hispanic Classics

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Is gender learned or innate? This controversial play asks the question: what happens if you raise a boy to sew and behave as a girl, and raise his sister to fight as a soldier? For the first time ever, Guillén de Castro’s La fuerza de la costumbre (‘The Force of Habit’) will be available to English and Spanish audiences with a performance-tested translation on facing pages. Castro’s plot is unique in that, unlike other cross dressing plays, the children do not traverse gender boundaries by choice; instead complications arising from their parents’ problematic marriage dictate the gender they should perform. This new Spanish edition (the first since 1927) and performance-tested English translation will begin a new discussion of this understudied work and its implications among Hispanists, comparatists, performance theorists, and gender scholars. The critical apparatus includes a biography of the author, textual history, editorial methodology, metrical analysis, bibliography and notes on the text. Machit’s introductory essay, ‘Bad Habits: Gender Made and Remade in La fuerza de la costumbre’ aims to contextualize and investigate the most salient questions raised by Castro’s gender-bending play.

Kathleen Jeffs is Chair of the Theatre and Dance Department, Gonzaga University

Melissa R. Machit holds a Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from Harvard University

INTRODUCTION

BIOGRAPHY OF GUILLÉN DE CASTRO
PLOT SUMMARY
TEXTUAL HISTORY
THE PRESENT EDITION
The Editio Princeps and Manuscripts
 Editorial Methods
METRICAL ANALYSIS

CRITICAL ESSAY : BAD HABITS: GENDER MADE AND REMADE IN LA FUERZA DE LA COSTUMBRE
INTRODUCTION: LA FUERZA DE LA COSTUMBRE, THE POWER OF HABIT
I. CROSS-DRESSING IN SPANISH GOLDEN AGE THEATER
II. MASCULINE PERFECTION: THEORIZED AND PERFORMED
III. GENDER TROUBLE IN LA FUERZA DE LA COSTUMBRE
Dressing Up as “Oneself”
IV. GEN(I)US AND GEN(D)ERATION: THE CONCEITS AND CONCEPTIONS OF PATERNAL INGENIO IN LA FUERZA DE LA COSTUMBRE
In the Name of the Father: Félix’s Transition
 Genre Trouble: Hipólita Unmade

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Format: Paperback

Size: 210 × 147 mm

272 Pages

12 B&W illustrations

Copyright: © 2018

ISBN: 9781786941459

Publication: November 30, 2018

Series: Aris & Phillips Hispanic Classics

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