Kinship and Polity in the Poema de Mio Cid

Kinship and Polity in the Poema de Mio Cid

by Michael Paul Harney
     
 


This study of the social content of the only surviving Spanish epic provides a means of assessing the motives and intentions of the protagonist and of other characters. Chapters are devoted to such themes as the multifarious significance of kinship and lineage, with special attention to the role of fathers, uncles, and cousins in the world of clan loyalties; amity…  See more details below

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This study of the social content of the only surviving Spanish epic provides a means of assessing the motives and intentions of the protagonist and of other characters. Chapters are devoted to such themes as the multifarious significance of kinship and lineage, with special attention to the role of fathers, uncles, and cousins in the world of clan loyalties; amity as a system of fictive kinship, personal honor, and public organization; the importance of women, and the meaning and function of marriage, dowry, and related practices; the emergence of the polity as a rivalry of social, legal, and economic systems; and the implications, within an essentially kin-ordered world, of the poem's notions of shame, honor, status, and social inequality.

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Probing the social content of this medieval Spanish epic, Harney (Spanish and comparative literature, U. of Texas at Austin) provides new ways to view not only the protagonist and other characters, but the poem's authorship and audience. He explores themes of kinship; amity as ritual kinship; the function of marriage and dowry; polity; and the implications of shame, honor, status, and social inequality. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9781557530394
Publisher:
Purdue University Press
Publication date:
05/01/1993
Series:
Studies in Romance Literature, #2
Pages:
285
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.99(d)

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