The Lazarillo Phenomenon

Reyes Coll-Tellechea and Sean McDaniel (Eds.)

Essays on the Adventures of a Classic Text

202 pages
ISBN 1611483482

The Lazarillo Phenomenon addresses a fundamental question in Hispanic Studies, why do we continue studying La Vida de Lazarillo de Tormes? As a classic literary text, Lazarillo's destiny depends on the relations it establishes over time with individuals and institutions responsible for literary, commercial, and ideological matters. This book brings together nine literary scholars from different critical approaches who address this question and reconsider the state of Lazarillo studies.

The Lazarillo Phenomenon directs the reader's attention away from traditional concerns and toward different areas such as the complexities surrounding the production, transmission, and reception of the novel across time, and the wide-ranging social, historical, political, literary, economic, and religious circumstances in which it was written, banned, censured, and finally re-circulated. Contributors include Reyes Coll-Tellechea, María V. Jordán Arroyo, Ismene Kansí, Sean McDaniel, Joseph V. Ricapito, Theresa Ann Sears, Benjamín Torrico, Anthony Zahareas, and Oscar Pereira Zazo.

"These nine intelligent, well-argued essays on Lazarillo de Tormes...focus on subjects ranging from the internal structure of the text to its representation of the politics of social status to the implications of its early circulation...this book is a welcome addition - rather than a challenge - to its predecessors."

Friedman, E. H. CHOICE 2011.

About the editors:

Reyes Coll-Tellechea is Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies at the University of Massachusetts in Boston.

Sean McDaniel is Associate Professor and Chair of Spanish at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.


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