Senhora : Profile of a Woman

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"It is a truth universally acknowledged . . ." that a single woman in possession of a good character but no fortune must be in want of a wealthy husband-that is, if she is the heroine of a nineteenth-century novel. Senhora, by contrast, turns the tables on this familiar plot. Its strong-willed, independent heroine Aurelia uses newly inherited wealth to "buy back" and exact revenge on the fiance who had left her for a woman with a more enticing dowry.

This exciting Brazilian novel, originally published in 1875 and here translated into English for the first time, raises many questions about traditional gender relationships, the commercial nature of marriage, and the institution of the dowry. While conventional marital roles triumph in the end, the novel still offers realistic insights into the social and economic structure of Rio de Janeiro in the mid-1800s. With its unexpected plot, it also opens important new perspectives on the nineteenth-century Romantic novel.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 219 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 16mm | 652g
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • English
  • 029270450X
  • 9780292704503
  • 1,235,292

Table of contents

To the Reader
First Part: The Price
Second Part: Redress
Third Part: Possession
Fourth Part: Ransom
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About Jose de Alencar

Jose de Alencar (1829-1877) was a noted Brazilian novelist. Catarina Feldmann Edinger (1944-2006) translated many works from Portuguese; she taught at William Paterson University in New Jersey.
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