Clio, Eros, Thanatos argues that the sentimental mode plays itself out along a scale from the chivalric to the pornographic, thereby encompassing amatory narratives both chaste and erotic. The texts studied – Le Chevalier de la Charette, Cárcel de amor, Celestina, and La Princesse de Clèves – implicate both private and public realms in an irresistible drive toward an impossible unity, the result of which is usually a form of death. Here, desire is never dealt with on a simple, bodily level, but rather is analyzed according to some ethical, moral, rational, or political criteria, which turns love into an aesthetic, rather than a mimetic, phenomenon. Already in the fifteenth century, the Spanish novela sentimental presents the evidence for the erotic paradox, which dominates the sentimental mode, that argues that desire/love is ethically and aesthetically enobling, and at the same time, morally subversive and destructive.
|Publisher:||Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers|
|Series:||Currents in Comparative Romance Languages and Literatures Series , #98|
|Product dimensions:||6.30(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)|
About the Author
The Author: Theresa Ann Sears received her M.A. in Spanish from the University of Chicago and her Ph.D. in Romance Studies from Cornell University. She is the author of A Marriage of Convenience: Ideal and Ideology in the Novelas ejemplares (Peter Lang 1993) and ‘Echado de tierra’: Exile and the Psychopolitical Landscape in the Poema de Mio Cid (1998). She has also published numerous articles on medieval and Spanish Golden Age literature. Dr. Sears is Professor of Spanish and Head of the Department of Romance Language at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.
Table of Contents
|Introduction: Painted Fire||1|
|1.||Unsettling the Chivalric Equation, or The Sentimental Problematics of Romance||25|
|2.||La novela sentimental: "Begotten by Despair / Upon Impossibility"||83|
|3.||La Princesse de Cleves: Love in the Conditional Perfect||161|
|Conclusion: Foundations of a Negative Paradigm||227|