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Spain of Fernando de Rojas
Author: Stephen Gilman

ISBN: 9780691646497
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 576
Published: 19 March 2016
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5 x 3.2
Description:



As a major piece of historical detective work. Stephen Gilman's "La Celestina" and the Spain of Fernando de Rojas adds a new dimension to critical studies of the fifteenth-century masterpiece. Using the text ofLa Celestina as well as public and private archives in Spain, Mr. Oilman builds up a vivid sense of the man behind the dialogue and establishes Fernando de Rojas indisputably as its author--a figure whom critics, while ranking his novel second only toDon Quixote, have treated as semi-anonymous or non-existent.


We cannot really know what the Celestina is, says Mr. Oilman, without speculating as rigorously and as learnedly as possible both on how it came to be and on how itcould come to be. Thus he reconstructs the world of Rojas, country lawyer andconverso, the social, religious, and intellectual milieu of Salamanca, of Spain during the Inquisition, of the converted Jew. He makes it possible for us to see the author--the law student writing feverishly during a fortnight's vacation from classes--...

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