This study delves into the syntagmatic composition of the medieval epic the Cantar de Mio Cid. The detailed structural analysis of the Cantar de Mio Cid reveals that it consists of nineteen tales and that the functions contained in each of those nineteen tales almost invariably succeed one another in the same diachronic order as those prescribed by Vladimir Propp in his Morphology of the Folktale, relations that, to date, have escaped the attention of both Spanish medieval scholars and literary critics alike. The importance of the above finding is that the present morphological analysis of the Cantar de Mio Cid firmly links the structure of the Spanish epic to that of the structure of the folktale. The implication of the latter point is both clear and significant in that it ties the structure of the Cantar de Mio Cid to that of the fairytales studied by Propp in his Morphology and reveals that the two are intimately related to each other by the fact that they are rooted in the folk fable. The latter phenomenon leads to the following original finding of this book, namely, that not only the Cantar de Mio Cid but possible all folk epic diageses constitute extended fairy tales.
About the Author
Jack H. Himelblau is Distinguished Professor of Spanish Literature at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He has published extensively in the field of Spanish medieval literature and is one of the leading authorities on the Spanish medieval epic. He is the recipient of numerous awards and grants from numerous national and international organizations.
Novelistic fiction about the relationship and interaction of men projected against the background of the civil rights movement in the south of the United States. Detailed characterization and setting description and intriguing plot; historically and culturally relevant. Excellent reading.
This work is a symbolic study of Benito Pérez Galdós's masterful novel, Fortunata y Jacinta (1887). It is the first book to apply the totalizing body of Claude Lèvi-Strauss's anthropological structuralism to analyze the fictive model society encoded in this novel. Jackson discovers that the results of narrative techniques in Fortunata y Jacinta reflect the implied author's theoretical move from a mimetic mirroring of society to the presentation of an image of life that is consistent with Galdós's critiques of the excessive formalism of the external society of 19th-century Madrid.
An aspiring collection of original poems on hermeneutical, metaphysical and existential aspects of the human experience. Profoundly moving and thought-provoking. Written in Italian.
A collection of six original and brilliantly-written studies on the linguistic, cultural, and literary contributions of Italian regional writings. Recommended for students of Italian, comparative literature, folklore.
A collection of sixty poems touching on the essence of existence: life, joy, sorrow, death. "Here is poetry, with the heft that comes from a gift for catching in flight a particular person, a place, an event, an object." -Michael G. Cooke, Yale University.
A synchronic and diachronic study of works by Camilo José Cela, Miguel Delibes and Juan Goytisolo. "A solid contribution to modern Hispanic criticism". -Noël Valis, Johns Hopkins University
Language as "signifier and signified" serves as the focus of Diz's book on the Conde Lucanor. "This is animportant work, a brilliant application of semiotics and narratology, precise, clear, and (unusual in such writing) eloquent." -Peter Dunn, Journal of Hispanic Philology. "Diz's book offers several valuable new insights on the Conde Lucanor." -Marina Scordilis Brownlee, Hispania. This is, indeed, an intelligent reading of the Conde Lucanor which will have considerable impact on Juan Manuel criticism and fourteenth-century studies.
Jerry M. Williams. Peru's Inquisition on Trial: The Vindication of Ana de Castro. La Inquisicion peruana en tela de juicio: la vindicacion de Ana de Castro. Bilingual edition, annotated with a critical introduction. Potomac: Scripta Humanistica, 2008.
On December 23, 1736 in the Viceroyalty of Peru, Ana de Castro, a fifty-year-old woman of Jewish origin, was garroted and burned for the crime of secretly practicing her ancestral faith. Although many in the throngs that attend the spectacular auto de fe applauded her execution, others protested the cruelty of her sentence. Some, moved by the serenity with which she met her fate, were persuaded that she was not a heretic but a Christian martyr; accordingly, they offered up their prayers to her as if she were a canonized saint. In the centuries since her execution, her case has attracted both apologists and
This volume offers a distinct interpretation of the genesis of one of the most fascinating genres of Spanish medieval literature, the fifteenth-century Spanish sentimental novel. This work examines the seminal importance of Historia de duobus amantibus, a work by Eneas Silvio Piccolomini, later known as Pope Pius II, in the development of the novel genre in Spain which originates with the acclaimed piece by Juan Rodríguez del Padrón: Siervo libre de amor.
The author shows the English poet's genius in reshaping materials from an Italian neoclassical play to his own Romantic and Shakespearean work. This book includes the Italian original of Pieracci and an English translation. "The author has made two important and valuable contributions to the literature of the theater, for he has resurrected Pieracci's play and he has demonstrated its relevance to Shelley's work." -Barbara Groseclose, Comparative Drama.
Thorough presentation of Pirandello's concepts of drama, reality, stage innovation, and parallels with the theater of Samuel Beckett.