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

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

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

Aris & Phillips Hispanic Classics

2018

December 31st, 2018

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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.

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About The Author

Melissa R. Machit holds a Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from Harvard University Kathleen Jeffs is Chair of the Theatre and Dance Department, Gonzaga University