By Wiliam H. Clamurro
Cervantes's Novelas ejemplares rival Don Quijote in complexity and value. 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 interpreting of the total assortment finds the richness and complexity of the various less-studied novelas in addition to the awesome modernity (or postmodernity) of the ultimate textual content.
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I, 121) Throughout Preciosa's poem we hear echoes of other Cervantine texts, and in particular we are reminded of Dorotea's pleading to don Fernando in Chapter XXXVI of Don Quijote, Part I. , on the primacy of true inner virtue, on the essential equality of souls, and so on-are, and are meant to be, convincing in their own right. But although Preciosa is to an extent correct that "majestad y amor I no tienen un mismo asiento," she in fact does not fully know herself, for the "mayor alteza" to which she questions the possibility of rising is something that she already possesses.
At the same time, I believe that it is incomplete, for such readings tend to relegate the Turkish characters and the eastern Mediterranean setting to the status of aptly threatening plot devices and colorful decor. In fact, a consideration of the peculiar dynamic of the interaction with the world of the Turks, a world in which seduction and fear are afforded a subtle but crucial catalytic role, is indispensable to a reading of this text.
Moreover, it evokes-as much by its setting and the disposition of the characters as by the language itself-the mood and expectations of the pastoral tradition more than any other part of this nove/a (or of any of the other Novelas of Spain" (208-15). 1 " It is worth noting that he appears and reappears through the story in at least two different guises and that he names and renames himself, explains and reexplains his "story," in ways that profoundly but subtly undermine the reader's sense of truth-the "full disclosure" problem.