In the conversation between the fathers of Don Juan and Doña Ana that takes place in the first act of the play, Don Gonzalo expatiates at length on the virtues of Lisbon. Among its landmarks, he foregrounds "las naves de la conquista," at once signalling Portugal's openness to the Atlantic world and the wealth those ships brought back from their arduous travels. This passage links Don Juan's conquests to those of Iberian conquistadores, in a display of masculine rivalry that, like the double meaning of burlador de España, brings home the association of woman and land, more specifically, woman and the "fatherland." The present analysis of this Loa of Lisbon shows the feminisation of the notions of urbanism, civility, and exploration of the seas that underscores the play and that was part and parcel of early modern Spanish culture.


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