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Cervantes's Novelas ejemplares : Reading their Lessons from His Time to Ours

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Cervantes's Novelas ejemplares: Reading their Lessons from His Time to Ours offers a thematically oriented reading of the Novelas ejemplares with relevant asides to Cervantes' other works. It takes into account the recent scholarship on the Novelas, and it also reflects the author's experience of teaching Cervantes' works in recent years. This book will be of great value to graduate students, professors, and all who are interested in Hispanic literature.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 142 pages
  • 160 x 235 x 16mm | 349g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739193473
  • 9780739193471

About William H. Clamurro

William H. Clamurro is professor of Spanish at Emporia State University.show more

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Clamurro is author of Beneath the Fiction (1997), a study of Cervantes's 12 exemplary novellas. Here he revisits the narratives to consider recent criticism of the texts and to reflect further on the structure and significance of the individual works and of the collection as a whole. Clamurro always has viewed the novellas as rich, suggestive, and complex, but here he seems more committed to defining multiple options for contextualization, that is, to seeking the tensions inherent in the fictions-and in the age of which they were products-and, he stresses, their relevance for today's readers. He highlights not only a shared intricacy but also a tone of pessimism and cynicism, or at least the potential for negativity, that often has been unnoticed or underestimated. One conclusion of the study is that social and cultural conventions in the Novelas ejemplares are meticulously plotted and presented in a manner that reveals points of contact between early modern Spanish life (and art) and contemporary concerns. Like its predecessor, the book is clearly written, well thought out, and illuminating. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. CHOICEshow more

Table of contents

Acknowledgments Introduction Chapter 1. Social Class and the Paradoxes of Privilege Chapter 2. Women and the Limits of Agency Chapter 3. Corruption, Collaboration, and the Structure of Society Chapter 4. Justice, Forgiveness, and the Question of honra Chapter 5. Syncretic Cultures and the Larger Spain Chapter 6. How to Read: The Lessons of the Novelas Conclusion Bibliography About the Author Indexshow more