Narrating Desire (eBook)
Moral Consolation And Sentimental Fiction In Fifteenth-Century Spain
de Sol Miguel-Prendes
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Narrating Desire: Moral Consolation and Sentimental Fiction in Fifteenth-Century Spain proposes a new taxonomy and conceptual frame for the controversial Iberian genre of sentimental fiction. It traces its origin to late-medieval education in rhetoric, philosophy, and medicine as the foundation for virtuous living. In establishing the genre's boundaries and cultural underpinnings,Narrating Desire emphasizes the crucial link between Eastern and Western Iberian sentimental traditions, and offers close readings of a vast array of Catalan and Castilian fictions, translations, narrative poems, letters, and doctrinal treatises: the Catalan translations of Boethius'sConsolation of Philosophy, Santillana'sEl sueno, Bernat Metge'sLo somni, Romeu Llull'sLo despropiament d'amor, Pedro Moner'sLa nocheandL'anima d'Oliver, Rodriguez del Padron'sSiervo libre de amor, Carros Pardo de la Casta'sRegoneixenca,Rois de Corella'sParlamentandTragedia de Caldesa, Pedro de Portugal'sSatira, Francesc Alegre'sSomni andRaonament, Pere Torroella's correspondence, and the well-known works by Diego de San Pedro (Arnalte y Lucenda; Carcel de Amor) and Juan de Flores (Grisel y Mirabella; Grimalte y Gradissa) among others. From them, Miguel-Prendes singles out a group of dream visions whose interpretive and compositional practices sire the sentimental genre. Social interactions lead to either a consolatory or a sentimental form, which imply very different ways of seeing: the allegorical gaze of consolation gives way to narrative fiction. In distorting moral conversion, the sentimental genre heralds the novel.