Celestina and the Ends of Desire

Celestina and the Ends of Desire

by E. Michael Gerli
     
 

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One of the most widely-read and translated Spanish works in sixteenth-century Europe was Fernando de Rojas' Celestina, a 1499 novel in dialogue about a couple that faces heartbreak and tragedy after being united by the titular brothel madam. In 'Celestina' and the Ends of Desire, E. Michael Gerli illustrates how this work straddles the medieval

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One of the most widely-read and translated Spanish works in sixteenth-century Europe was Fernando de Rojas' Celestina, a 1499 novel in dialogue about a couple that faces heartbreak and tragedy after being united by the titular brothel madam. In 'Celestina' and the Ends of Desire, E. Michael Gerli illustrates how this work straddles the medieval and the modern in its exploration of changing categories of human desire - from the European courtly love tradition to the interpretation of want as an insatiable, destructive force.

Gerli's analysis draws on a wide range of Celestina scholarship but is unique in its use of modern literary and psychoanalytic theory to confront the problematic links between literature and life. Explorations of influence of desire on knowledge, action, and lived experience connect the work to seismic shifts in the culture of early modern Europe. Engaging and original, 'Celestina' and the Ends of Desire takes a fresh look at the timeless work's widespread appeal and enduring popularity.

Editorial Reviews

Revista de Estudios Hispanicos, vol 46:03:2012 - Ivy A. Corfis
‘Gerli’s study is an eloquent, intelligent, thought-provoking analysis, making an excellent contribution to Celestina studies.’
Modern Philology vol 111:03:2014 - Ryan Giles

‘Without a doubt, Celestina and the Ends of Desire is the most innovative and significant full-length study of Fernando de Rojas’s masterpiece to appear in decades. Gerli’s work is a must-read for Hispanists, and it will also appeal more broadly to scholars of other Renaissance and early modern literatures and cultures.’

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442694293
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date:
06/18/2011
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

E. Michael Gerli is Commonwealth Professor of Hispanic and Early Modern Studies at the University of Virginia.

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