Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The mark of gender: Depicting power and the female body in colonial Peru
by Peters, Amy, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2009, 149; 1466148
Abstract (Summary)

The objective of this thesis is to study the manner in which power was written onto the physical bodies of women as well as conveyed through artistic renditions of them in the colonial period in Peru. The research was conducted across three distinct eras: the early, middle, and late colonial periods, to determine variances in power in the colony across time while also observing the manner in which women's bodies constructed and communicated these variances. The core argument of this study is that the dynamics of colonial power can be identified through studying the discourse surrounding the physical attributes and appearances of women in Peruvian society. This discourse employed female bodies in an effort to regulate the social order of the colony. Peruvian women came to symbolize race, ethnic, class, and gender relations, as such and their physical bodies were utilized to formulate the boundaries of the body politic during the colonial era.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Berquist, Emily
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 47/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Latin American history
Publication Number: 1466148
ISBN: 978-1-109-16602-6
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