The Spanish romance Cárcel de amor blossomed into a transnational and multilingual phenomenon that captivated audiences throughout Europe at a time when literacy was expanding and print production was changing the nature of reading, writing, and of literature itself.
In The Prison of Love, Emily Francomano offers the first comparative study of this sixteenth-century work as a transcultural, humanist fiction. Blending literary analysis and book history, Francomano provides us with the richly textured history of the translations, material books, and artefacts that make this tale of love, letters, and courtly intrigue an invaluable prism through which the multifaceted world of sixteenth-century literary and book cultures are refracted.
|Publisher:||University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division|
|Series:||Studies in Book and Print Culture Series|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)|
About the Author
Emily C. Francomano is an associate professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Georgetown University.
Table of Contents
List of Figures
Introduction: “A book that could not be read in peace”
Part One: Authors, Translators, Networks
Chapter 1: Cárcel de Amor, an Accessus Ad Auctores
Chapter 2: Translating Authorship
Chapter 3: “Easie Languages:” The Free and Faithful Translation of The Prison of Love
Part Two: Materialities
Chapter 4: Textual Material: Allegory and Material Epistolarity in The Prison of Love
Chapter 5: Prisons in Print: The Material Books
Chapter 6: Visual Rhetoric: Reading Printed Images in The Prison of Love, 1493 to 1546
Part Three: French Remediations
Chapter 7: 'Private Treasures': La Prison d'Amours Illuminated
Chapter 8: From Text to Textile: L'Histoire de Lérian et Lauréolle
Appendix A: The Translators' Paratexts
Appendix B: Extant Printed Editions of The Prison of Love in Spanish, Italian, French and English 1492-1621
Appendix C: Extant Manuscripts of The Prison of Love
What People are Saying About This
"The Prison of Love is an important study whose originality lies in an insightful combination of literary and textual analysis, the materialist hermeneutics of book history, and the analysis of courtly material culture, to examine the historical reception of Cárcel de Amor. Emily C. Francomano offers a significant analysis of the process that transformed a late fifteenth-century Spanish romance into a European cultural text."
"This is the first book, to my knowledge, to study The Prison of Love as cosmopolitan and humanist fiction. While Francomano's deep and complex understanding of her subject honors all of the great work that's been done on Cárcel, at the same time she provides new readings made possible by opening up the objects of interpretation and placing The Prison of Love on the European stage."