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- DescriptionIt is a truth universally ackwledged ... that a single woman in possession of a good character but fortune must be in want of a wealthy husband-that is, if she is the heroine of a nineteenth-century vel. 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 vel, originally published in 1875 and here translated into English for the first time, raises many questions about traditional gender relationships, the commercial nature of marriage, and the institution of the dowry. While conventional marital roles triumph in the end, the vel still offers realistic insights into the social and ecomic structure of Rio de Janeiro in the mid-1800s. With its unexpected plot, it also opens important new perspectives on the nineteenth-century Romantic vel.
- Author BiographyJose de Alencar (1829-1877) was a noted Brazilian novelist. Catarina Feldmann Edinger (1944-2006) translated many works from Portuguese; she taught at William Paterson University in New Jersey.
- Author(s)Jose De Alencar
- PublisherUniversity of Texas Press
- Date of Publication01/06/1994
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Series TitleTexas Pan American Series
- Place of PublicationAustin, TX
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Texas Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight652 g
- Width153 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine12 mm
- Translated byCatarina Feldmann Edinger
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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