Title

Licion De Llevar Chapines: Drag, Footwear, And Gender Performance In Guillen De Castro's La Fuerza De La Costumbre

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2013

Publication Title

Journal Of Spanish Cultural Studies

Department

Hispanic Studies

Abstract

This essay takes aim at the gender-performance trouble that Hipolita and her brother, Feliciano, face in the play by Guillen de Castro, La fuerza de la costumbre [The Force of Habit (c. 1610-1620?)]. Hipolita's chopines and Feliciano's sword call into question the validity of terms such as "functioning society" in the context of Spain's imperial realities in the seventeenth century and the comedia's own conventions regarding transvestite characters. The brother's extreme familiarity with the chopines that his sister needs lessons to master suggests that footwear, drag and gender performance, even identity, are the main focus of this play. Linking the past of drag and performance with its present, the essay seeks as well to encourage the visualization of alternative more current meanings by readers and viewers of early modern Spanish theater.

Volume

14

Issue

2

pp.

186-200

ISSN

1463-6204