Love and the Law in Cervantes


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Roberto González Echevarría

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The consolidation of law and the development of legal writing during Spain’s Golden Age not only helped that country become a modern state but also affected its great literature. In this fascinating book, Roberto González Echevarría explores the works of Cervantes, showing how his representations of love were inspired by examples of human deviance and desire culled from legal discourse. González Echevarría describes Spain’s new legal policies, legislation, and institutions and explains how, at the same time, its literature became filled with love stories derived from classical and medieval sources. Examining the ways that these legal and literary developments interacted in Cervantes’s work, he sheds new light on Don Quixote and other writings.

Roberto González Echevarría is Sterling Professor of Hispanic and Comparative Literature at Yale University.

"An informative study on the love/law conflict in Cervantes. . . . Wide-reaching, providing basic information about Cervantes's texts for non-Hispanists and more detailed observations for Cervanistas, and for this the author should be commended. . . . Enlightening and stimulating."—Shannon M. Polchow, Comparative Literature Studies

“Astounding revelations and provocative insights.”—Frederick De Armas, University of Chicago

"Gonzalez Echevarria nos presenta en Love and the Law in Cervantes lecturas muy provocadoras de diversos pasajes de la obra de Cervantes. . . . El conjunto es admirable por los conocimientos desplegados, la solidez de las argumentas y el atractivo de las interpretaciones."—Jose Luis Gastanaga, Dissidences

"This provocative study contextualizes a series of Cervantes texts within a framework in which the politics of love and law interacted with new forms of legal discourse as well as refashioned Classical and medieval sources."—Carmen Peraita, The Years Work in Modern Language Studies
ISBN: 9780300177848
Publication Date: January 10, 2012
320 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
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