The Prison of Love: Romance, Translation, and the Book in the Sixteenth Century

The Prison of Love: Romance, Translation, and the Book in the Sixteenth Century

by Emily C. Francomano


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The Prison of Love: Romance, Translation, and the Book in the Sixteenth Century by Emily C. Francomano

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442630512
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date: 12/13/2017
Series: Studies in Book and Print Culture Series
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 1,137,043
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

Sol Miguel-Prendes

"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."

Lucia Binotti

"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."

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