VELOS NEGROS AND BLANCAS VS. MORENAS: A MOTIF SUBVERTED? John Gornall Tattenhall, near Chester, UK The white skin of a young novice contrasted with her black veil was clearly by the Spanish mid fourteenth-century a useful poetic strategy for suggesting, from the male viewpoint, her unsuitability for a convent. The mismatch struck Juan Ruiz when ogling Doña Garoça at mass: ¡Valme, Santa María! ¡Mis manos me aprieto! ¿quién dio a blanca rosa abito, velo prieto? Más valdrié a la fermosa tener fijos e nieto que atal velo prieto nin que ábitos ciento. ' (Libro de buen amor 1 500) A man's song from an early sixteenth-century play by Sánchez de Badajoz implies the same opposition: No me las enseñes más, que me matarás. Estávase la monja en el monesterio, sus teticas blancas de so el velo negro. Más, que me matarás. (Corpus #375B) Alberto Blecua suggests "abito escueto" for the manuscript readings of "ábitos ciento" (557). La corónica 30.1 (Fall, 2001): 127-31 128John GornallLa coránica 30.1, 2001 This article will suggest that this male contention "velos negros do not suit niñas bhncas" might have provoked an ironic riposte in the woman's song 'Aunque me vedes / morenica en
La corónica: A Journal of Medieval Hispanic Languages, Literatures, and Cultures – La corónica: Journal of Medieval Hispanic Languages, Literatures & Culture
Published: Apr 4, 2001
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