Social vs. sensual: the struggle for identity within the characters of Clarín’s La Regenta.

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Molly R. Reininger (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Ana Hontanilla

Abstract: This study approaches the novel La Regenta, by Leopoldo Alas Clarín, by exploring the three types of forces that act upon the characters of Fermín de Pas and Ana de Ozores as they construct their personal identities. The Catholic Church acts in the novel as it controls its female devotees and protects its corrupted clergy. Physical influences in the form of scientific discourse and corporal desires also motivate and control the characters. Societal expectations are expressed in the form of filial duties and behavioral pressures on women to conform to the ideal of the ángel del hogar. The conflicting influences of these forces create a world in which Fermín and Ana must struggle in order to understand themselves.

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Language: English
Date: 2016
Angel del hogar, Catholic Church, Clarín, Hygiene, Identity, La Regenta
Alas, Leopoldo, $d 1852-1901. $t Regenta
Identity (Psychology) in literature
Catholic Church $x In literature
Desire in literature
Society in literature
Sex role in literature

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