By Wiliam H. Clamurro
Cervantes's Novelas ejemplares rival Don Quijote in complexity and importance. This e-book analyzes all twelve novelas, trying to light up the inherent tensions among the often affirmative resolutions and classes proposed by way of Cervantes's narrators, at the one hand, and the inescapable socio-cultural dissonances and ironies of tale and language, at the different. This studying of the complete assortment unearths the richness and complexity of a few of the less-studied novelas in addition to the awesome modernity (or postmodernity) of the ultimate textual content.
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Yet this second novela also explores the trials, losses, and recuperations of identity, though in tellingly different ways. " 1 With its exotic settings, its melodramatic and highly improbable twists of plot, and the trials and tribulations of love, El amante also reminds us of Cervantes's Persiles. Similarly, the sea voyages and the juxtaposed cultures and nationalities suggest an affinity with La espanola inglesa, another text notably well grounded in an historically specific moment. 2 But there are certain elements unique to this novela that complicate and enrich thematic analysis.
15 See Cervantes and the Humanist Vision, not only the section entitled "Preciosa and the Theme of Poetry" (215-22), but also the sensitive and enlightening reading of the poem in praise of Margarita of Austria, "Margarita of Austria and the Redemption 26 BENEATH THE FICTION features of the direct intercalations of poetry as language into the text strike me as needing special comment in light of the issue of identity: first, the notably static nature of the scenes where the poetry is recited, and second, the peculiar role of the shadowy figure Clemente (the paje-poeta) in his relation to the poetry and to Preciosa and don Juan.
As in our own (non-fiction) world, money is also a language: both a vocabulary and a vehicle or device of exchange and connection. 10 It is therefore not surprising to find that, in La gitanilla, much of the exchanging of money for other things is involved with acts of conversation-though at times in ways that produce ambiguity rather than clarification. Moreover, the main connecting point amid all these concerns-wealth, money, and language-is the female protagonist. With regard to the symbolic function of money and wealth, for no other character of the story are these terms so extensively employed as they are for Preciosa.
Beneath the Fiction: The Contrary Worlds of Cervantes's "Novelas ejemplares" by Wiliam H. Clamurro