The Cantar de mio Cid: Poetic Creation in its Economic and Social Contexts

The Cantar de mio Cid: Poetic Creation in its Economic and Social Contexts

by Joseph J. Duggan
     
 

In this study, Joseph Duggan interprets the Cantar de mio Cid as a work that transmutes moral values first into the economic values of a gift economy, then into genealogical values. Considering the poem's distortions of history more significant than its retention of historical features, Duggan ascribes its depiction of the penurious hero who acquires wealth, power,

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In this study, Joseph Duggan interprets the Cantar de mio Cid as a work that transmutes moral values first into the economic values of a gift economy, then into genealogical values. Considering the poem's distortions of history more significant than its retention of historical features, Duggan ascribes its depiction of the penurious hero who acquires wealth, power, and kinship alliances to the Castilian monarchy's preoccupations with furthering the victory of Las Navas de Tolosa. He maintains that the Cantar de mio Cid was composed around the year 1200 in substantially the form in which we have it now, in the course of a singer's performance. Arguing against a number of tendencies in Cid scholarship, Professor Duggan denies the necessity of assuming that the poet was a man of learning, that he was directly influenced by French literature, or that he was familiar with written law.

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Maintaining that the poem was composed about 1200. Duggan (French, comparative literature and romance philology, U. of California) relates its portrayal of acquiring and distributing wealth to the concerns of the Castilian monarch, Alfonso VIII. His interpretation shows moral values being transmitted into economic values in a gift economy, and then further transformed into genealogical values. The cover identifies this as no.5 in the series, but the best available evidence suggests it is no.6 (see PA5165). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521062978
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/15/2008
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature Series, #5
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

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