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

Aris & Phillips Hispanic Classics

Edited by Melissa R. Machit
Translated by Kathleen Jeffs
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Liverpool University Press, United Kingdom
Imprint: Aris & Phillips Ltd
Published: 31st Mar 2019
Dimensions: w 147mm h 210mm
ISBN-10: 1786941457
ISBN-13: 9781786941459
Barcode No: 9781786941459
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, Guillen 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.

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