Show simple item record

dc.contributor.advisorBailey, Matthewen
dc.contributor.advisorHarney, Michael, 1948-en
dc.creatorCastellanos, María Rebecaen
dc.date.accessioned2011-11-16T15:21:01Zen
dc.date.available2011-11-16T15:21:01Zen
dc.date.issued2009-12en
dc.date.submittedDecember 2009en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2009-12-702en
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractThe present study examines the rape episodes in Muslim and Christian historiography of the Iberian Peninsula between 9th and 13th century. These episodes possess a structure which the author defines as “rape tale.” The rape tale has a stock cast of characters—a rapist ruler, the female rape victim, and her avenging guardian, and a predictable ending: the ruler will be deposed. In the works studied in this dissertation, every version of the rape tales is part of a discourse that legitimates an occupation, an invasion, a conquest. The stable structure of the rape tale may reveal its mythic origins. It is possible that before these stories were put into writing, they were elaborated orally. The importance of these allegorical tales requires the necessity of memorization by means of oral repetition, which is possible only through a paring down of details in order to obtain a clear pattern. The images, the actions, must be formulaic in order to be recovered effectively. Characters—no matter their historicity—are simplified into types. Hence in all myths, heroes are brave and strong; princesses in distress are beautiful; tyrannical rulers, lustful. The myth studied here appears in chronicles and national/ethnic histories written by a community that saw itself as the winning character in a story of conquest—or Reconquest. It is a myth that features not one but two rape tales: the rape of Oliba (also known as Cava), daughter of Count Julian, which brought about the Moorish invasion of Spain, and the rape of Luzencia, which signaled a Christian rebirth with Pelayo’s rebellion.en
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.language.isoengen
dc.subjectRapeen
dc.subjectIberiaen
dc.subjectSpainen
dc.subjectMedievalen
dc.titleThe foundational rape tale in Medieval Iberiaen
dc.date.updated2011-11-16T15:21:14Zen
dc.identifier.slug2152/ETD-UT-2009-12-702en
dc.contributor.committeeMemberNicolopulos, Jamesen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberSutherland-Meier, Madelineen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberEbbeler, Jenniferen
dc.description.departmentSpanish and Portugueseen
dc.type.genrethesisen
thesis.degree.departmentSpanish and Portugueseen
thesis.degree.disciplineSpanishen
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen


Files in this item

Thumbnail

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record