Bulletin of Hispanic Studies

Dorotea's Revenge: Sex and Speech Acts in Don Quijote, Part 1

Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (2005), 82, (5), 615–632.

Abstract

The figure of Dorotea has been criticized both by conventional critics and by feminists for her apparent concession at the end of the narrative to her lover, the nobleman Fernando. His seduction of Dorotea, however, and her reaction to it, alert us to the 'real life' situations that women of the early modern period had to fight against. Whether Dorotea decides to marry Fernando, it is not solely in order to safeguard her honour, but to express through rhetorical and linguistic terms the fact that both of them hold to a sexual and moral equality.

El personaje de Dorotea ha sido criticado tanto por críticos tradicionales como por feministas debido a su aparente concesión a su amante, el noble Fernando. La seducción del caballero, sin embargo, y la reacción de la amante, nos alertan de las situaciones por las que pasaron las mujeres de la época. Si Dorotea decide casarse con Fernando, no es sólo para salvaguardar su honor, sino para aclararle al seductor en términos retóricos que los dos — hombre y mujer — parten de una igualdad sexual y moral.

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