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Beneath the Fiction

The Contrary Worlds of Cervantes's "Novelas ejemplares</I>


Wiliam H. Clamurro

Cervantes's Novelas ejemplares rival Don Quijote in complexity and significance. This book analyzes all twelve novelas, seeking to illuminate the inherent tensions between the usually affirmative resolutions and lessons proposed by Cervantes's narrators, on the one hand, and the inescapable socio-cultural dissonances and ironies of story and language, on the other. This reading of the entire collection reveals the richness and complexity of many of the less-studied novelas as well as the striking modernity (or postmodernity) of the final text.


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Preface xi Introduction: The Contrary Worlds of the Novelas ejemplares 1 Chapter One: Value and Identity 15 La gitanilla Chapter Two: The Frontiers of Identity 41 El amante liberal Chapter Three: The Carnival of Crime 71 Rinconete y Cortadillo Chapter Four: The Sins of the Father 99 La espanola inglesa Chapter Five: Anonymity, Madness, and 123 the Decadence of Empire Ellicenciado Vidriera Chapter Six: Redemption and Identity 149 La fuerza de !a sangre Chapter Seven: Eros, Material, and the 163 Architecture of Desire El celoso extremeno Chapter Eight: Identity and Social Order 191 La ilustre fregona Chapter Nine: Pathos and Melodrama 211 Las dos doncellas and La senora Cornelia X BENEATH THE FICTION Chapter Ten: Confession, Commentary, 247 and the End of Fiction El casamiento engafwso and El coloquio de los perros Conclusion: Closing the Circle 291 Bibliography 295 Index 313

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