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'¡Volviose en luto la boda!':Ritual and the Technologies of Power in Lope's Fuente Ovejuna

Camino, Mercedes (2004) '¡Volviose en luto la boda!':Ritual and the Technologies of Power in Lope's Fuente Ovejuna. Modern Language Review, 99 (2). pp. 382-393. ISSN 0026-7937

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Abstract

Fuente Ovejuna's foregrounding of religious and folkloric rituals demonstrates the intimate relationship between politics and ritual in the construction of communal identity. The inhabitants of the village apprehend their past, present, and future as contiguous processes and the rituals in which they take part reinforce their notion of community. The Comendador breaks their sense of continuity by disturbing the rituals that they associate with different life cycles, forcing them to revolt. This culminates in the collective torture of the villagers, which, as Foucault has emphasized, is bound up in a relationship of power whose significance is culturally embedded and socially productive.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Modern Language Review
Uncontrolled Keywords: Fuente Ovejuna's ; religious and folkloric rituals ; politics ; ritual ; community ; communal identity ; torture ; Foucault ; power
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > History
ID Code: 50526
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 27 Oct 2011 14:22
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2013 14:41
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/50526

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