Abstract

This essay uses gender to analyze translation and cultural influence in eighteenth-century drama by comparing two translations/adaptations of Beaumarchais’s Eugénie (1767): The School for Rakes (1769) by British writer Elizabeth Griffith (1727-1793); and El Eugenio (1801) by the Spanish ilustrada, María Lorenza de los Ríos y Loyo, the Marquesa de Fuerte-Híjar (1761-1821). By adapting the secondary role of the female go-between, the women playwrights critique gender roles and express ambivalence about the advantages of matrimony for women. Ríos and Griffith use nationalistic discourse to invoke the role of translation as cultural colonization.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1935-0201
Print ISSN
0193-5380
Pages
pp. 41-57
Launched on MUSE
2015-03-12
Open Access
No
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