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By Steven Wagschal

Frequent and intricate representations of jealousy in early smooth Spanish literature supply symbolically wealthy and sometimes contradictory photos. Steven Wagschal examines those occurrences through illuminating the topic of jealousy within the performs of Lope de Vega, the prose of Miguel de Cervantes, and the complicated poetry of Luis de Góngora. Noting the superiority of this emotion of their paintings, he unearths what jealousy provided those writers at a time while Spain was once starting its lengthy decline.

            Wagschal examines jealousy not just in canonical texts—The Jealous previous guy from Extremadura, The Commanders of Cordoba—but additionally in less-studied writings reminiscent of Lope de Vega’s Jealous Arminda and In Love yet Discreet and Góngora’s “What of the Tall resentful Mountains.” via shut research of various works, learn when it comes to each other, he demonstrates how the rhetorical elaboration of jealousy is associated with the ideological make-up of the texts—complicating problems with race, type, gender, morality, epistemology, and aesthetics—and proposes that the subject matter of jealousy provided a method for operating via political and cultural difficulties regarding power.
            Grounding his learn within the paintings of thinkers starting from Vives and Descartes to Freud and DeSousa, Wagschal additionally attracts on classical antiquity to resolve myths that impinge upon the texts he considers. by way of displaying that the best hyperbole of every of those writers is a illustration of jealousy, he demands a reconsideration of an era’s literary giants, arguing not just for a reinterpretation of settled perspectives on Cervantes but additionally for a reconsideration of Góngora’s position within the improvement of contemporary ecu aesthetics.
            With its clean insights into the interrelationships between literature, paintings, and society, Wagschal’s research bargains history idea for studying the sentiments in literature and is the 1st publication to regard an emotion in any nationwide literature from the viewpoint of latest philosophy of brain. With its cogent insights into the jealous brain, it increases concerns proper either to the early smooth interval and to our modern world.

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