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.
About the Author
Stephen Boyd is Lecturer at the Department of Hispanic Studies, University College, Cork, Ireland.
Table of Contents
Cervantes's Exemplary Prologue - Stephen BoydEnchantment and Irony: Reading La gitanilla - William ClamurroThe Play of Desire: El amante liberal and El casamiento engañoso y El coloquio de los perros - Peter DunnLanguage as Object of Representaion in Rinconete y Cortadillo - A K G PatersonNow you see it, now you... see it again? The Dynamics of Doubling in La española inglesa - Soldiers and Satire in El licenciado Vidriera - Stephen RuppExemplary Rape: The Central Problem of La fuerza de la sangre - Anthony John LappinRemorse, Retribution and Redemption in La fuerza de la sangre : Spanish and English Perspectives [with Trudi Darby] - B. W. Ife and T L DarbyFree Thinking in El celoso extremeño - Paul Lewis-SmithPerformances of Pastoral in La ilustre fregona: Games within the Game - D. Gareth WaltersCervantine Traits in La dos doncellas and La señora Cornelia - Idoya PuigThe Peculiar Arrangement of El casamiento engañoso and El coloquio de los perros - E.T. AylwardEutrapelia and Examplarity in the Novelas ejemplares - Colin Thompso&ngrave;Entre parejas anda el juego'/'All a Matter of Pairs': Reflections on Some Characters in the Novelas ejemplares - Jose Montero Reguera