A Companion to Cervantes's Novelas Ejemplares

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This edited volume of fourteen specially commissioned essays written from a variety of critical perspectives by leading cervantine scholars seeks to provide an overview of Cervantes's Novelas ejemplares which will be of interest to a broad academic readership. An extensive general Introduction places the Novelas in the context of Cervantes's life and work; provides basic information about their content, composition, internal ordering, publication, and critical reception, gives detailed consideration to the ...

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Overview

This edited volume of fourteen specially commissioned essays written from a variety of critical perspectives by leading cervantine scholars seeks to provide an overview of Cervantes's Novelas ejemplares which will be of interest to a broad academic readership. An extensive general Introduction places the Novelas in the context of Cervantes's life and work; provides basic information about their content, composition, internal ordering, publication, and critical reception, gives detailed consideration to the contemporary literary-theoretical issues implicit in the title, and outlines and contributes to the key critical debates on their variety, unity, exemplarity, and supposed "hidden mystery". After a series of chapters on the individual stories, the volume concludes with two survey essays devoted, respectively, to the understanding of eutrapelia implicit in the Novelas, and to the dynamics of the character pairing that is one of their salient features. Detailed plot summaries of each of the stories, and a Guide to Further Reading are supplied as appendices. Stephen Boyd is a lecturer in the Department of Hispanic Studies of University College Cork.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781855662070
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/18/2010
  • Series: MonografĂ­as A , #218
  • Pages: 334
  • Product dimensions: 0.70 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 6.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Boyd is Lecturer at the Department of Hispanic Studies, University College, Cork, Ireland.

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Table of Contents

1 Cervantes's exemplary prologue 47
2 Enchantment and irony : reading La gitanilla 69
3 The play of desire : El amante liberal and El casamiento enganoso y El coloquio de los perros 85
4 Language as object of representation in Rinconete y Cortadillo 104
5 Now you see it, now you ... see it again? : the dynamics of doubling in La espanola inglesa 115
6 Soldiers and satire in El licenciado Vidriera 134
7 Exemplary rape : the central problem of La fuerza de la sangre 148
8 Remorse, retribution and redemption in La fuerza de la sangre : Spanish and English perspectives 172
9 Free-thinking in El celoso extremeno 191
10 Performances of pastoral in La ilustre fregona : games within the game 207
11 Cervantine traits in Las dos doncellas and La senora Cornelia 221
12 The peculiar arrangement of El casamiento enganoso and El coloquio de los perros 235
13 Eutrapelia and exemplarity in the Novelas ejemplares 261
14 'Entre parejas anda el juego'/'All a matter of pairs' : reflections on some characters in the Novelas ejemplares 283
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