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Writing in the Margin : Spanish Literature of the Golden Age - Paul Julian Smith

Writing in the Margin

Spanish Literature of the Golden Age

Hardcover Published: 3rd March 1988
ISBN: 9780198158479
Number Of Pages: 320

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This book, the first study of its kind to adopt a post-structuralist viewpoint, offers new readings of the major texts of the Spanish Renaissance, or Golden Age. Beginning with a comparison of Renaissance and modern theories of discourse, the main substance of the book appeals to terms borrowed from Jacques Derrida for the analysis of the three most important genres of the period: lyric poetry, picaresque narrative, and drama. Authors discussed include Gongora, Quevedo, Lope de Vega, Calderon, and Cervantes, the popularity of Don Quijote being attributed to its (apparent) repression of characteristics common to other Golden Age texts. In the conclusion it is suggested that Spain itself is the place of marginality, the supplement to a Europe which cannot admit it but dare not exclude it. Writing in the Margin is addressed to all specialists in Spanish literature and in the comparative literature of the Renaissance. There are translations of the Spanish quotations.

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`a trail blazer ... intelligent, often brilliant' Peter N. Dunn, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 'Smith's work is just about the best thing which has happened in Spanish studies for a long time ... I think it's a splendid book which is going to make a lot of difference to the study of Golden Age literature and which already makes a lot of existing criticism seem very old-fashioned.' Arthur Terry, University of Essex

The she-bear licks its cub: an emblem of the artistic process
Abbreviationsp. ix
Introduction: Rereading The Golden Agep. 1
The Rhetoric Of Excess In Golden Age Theoryp. 19
The Spanish Differencep. 19
Language and Vision: El dialogo de la lenguap. 30
The Rhetoric Of Presence In Lyric Poetryp. 43
Presence and Communicationp. 43
Garcilaso and Voicep. 49
Herrera and Amplificationp. 57
Gongora and Absencep. 64
Lyric as Supplementp. 72
The Rhetoric Of Representation In Picaresque Narrativep. 78
Pictorialism and Representationp. 78
Lazarillo and Subjectivityp. 89
Guzman de Alfarache and Writingp. 99
The Buscon and Politicsp. 110
Picaresque and Parergonp. 119
The Rhetoric Of Inscription In The Comediap. 127
Inscription and Prescriptionp. 127
Lope and Naturep. 134
Tirso and Desirep. 144
Calderon and Honourp. 156
Drama as Tracep. 166
The Erasure Of Rhetoric In Cervantesp. 172
Simplicity, Authority, Languagep. 172
Knowledge and Ignorance: El licenciado vidrierap. 185
Conclusion: The Marginality Of Spanish Culturep. 202
Bibliographyp. 207
Indexp. 217
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ISBN: 9780198158479
ISBN-10: 0198158475
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 3rd March 1988
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.1 x 14.83  x 2.13
Weight (kg): 0.44