Cervantes' Los Trabajos de Persiles Y Sigismunda: A Study of Genre

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Tamesis, 2001 - 207 páginas
The lengthy Byzantine romance Persiles y Sigismunda, which Cervantes completed only days before his death in 1616, has conventionally been considered a relatively pure example of romance fiction. This study of genre in the Persiles questions that view by analysing the novelistic or realist aspects of the work. An extensive comparison with examples of Byzantine romance from its Greek origins to its Renaissance evolution highlights the degree to which Cervantes departs from the established canon, notably in the characterisation of the heroine and the significance of the protagonists' wedding, where Cervantes upsets the reader's expectations of a conventional happy ending by consistent use of an ironic mode typical of the work. Multidimensional characters, contrasting perspectives and ironic manipulations produce a kind of 'generic hybridisation' which exposes the fallacies of this type of fiction. MARIA ALBERTA SACCHETTI holds a doctorate from University College London.
 

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Índice

Origins and Development
23
Auristela
41
The Role of Irony and the Question of the Ending
66
Charikleia Auristela and some Secondary Female Characters
95
The Heroine in the Works of Tatius Reinoso and Contreras
116
Periandro and some Secondary Characters
151
Irony Realism and the Picaresque in the Persiles
178
Conclusion
187
Index
201
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