Celestina's Brood: Continuities of the Baroque in Spanish and Latin American Literatures
Duke University Press, 1993 - Drama - 281 pages
Published in 1499 and centered on the figure of a bawd and witch, Fernando de Rojas' dark and disturbing Celestina was destined to become the most suppressed classic in Spanish literary history. Routinely ignored in Spanish letters, the book nonetheless echoes through contemporary Spanish and Latin American literature. This is the phenomenon that Celestina's Brood explores.
Roberto González Echevarría, one of the most eminent and influential critics of Hispanic literature writing today, uses Rojas' text as his starting point to offer an exploration of modernity in the Hispanic literary tradition, and of the Baroque as an expression of the modern. His analysis of Celestina reveals the relentless probing of the limits of language and morality that mark the work as the beginning of literary modernity in Spanish, and the start of a tradition distinguished by a penchant for the excesses of the Baroque. González Echevarría pursues this tradition and its meaning through the works of major figures such as Cervantes, Lope de Vega, Calderón de la Barca, Alejo Carpentier, Carlos Fuentes, Gabriel García Márquez, Nicolás Guillén, and Severo Sarduy, as well as through the works of lesser-known authors.
By revealing continuities of the Baroque, Celestina's Brood cuts across conventional distinctions between Spanish and Latin American literary traditions to show their profound and previously unimagined affinity.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Poetry and Painting in Lopes El castigo
La vida es sueño
7 other sections not shown
Other editions - View all
action already appears authority Baroque become beginning blacks body Calderón called castigo Celestina century Cervantes characters classical Cobra conception course created critics Cuba Cuban culture death desire edition elements Espejo Espinosa essay European expression fact Federico fiction figure girdle give given Góngora human important included issue kind language Latin American Lazarillo leads Lezama lines literal literary literature live Madrid meaning metaphoric mirror monster nature novel object origin painting particularly perhaps picaresque play poem poetic poetry poets present Press reading reason refers reflection relation revealing Rosaura Sarduy scene seems seen Segismundo sense shows siglo significant society Spain Spanish story strangeness theater theory things tion tradition translation turn University various vida es sueño woman writing written