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Kinship and Polity in the Poema de Mio Cid

by Michael Harney

Publication Year: 1993

This study of the social content of the only surviving Spanish epic provides a means of assessing the motives and intentions of the protagonist and of other characters. Chapters are devoted to such themes as the multifarious significance of kinship and lineage, with special attention to the role of fathers, uncles, and cousins in the world of clan loyalties; amity as a system of fictive kinship, personal honor, and public organization; the importance of women, and the meaning and function of marriage, dowry, and related practices; the emergence of the polity as a rivalry of social, legal, and economic systems; and the implications, within an essentially kin-ordered world, of the poem's notions of shame, honor, status, and social inequality.

Published by: Purdue University Press

Front Matter

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pp. i-v

Contents

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pp. vii-

List of Abbreviations

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pp. ix-x

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Introduction

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pp. 1-26

Our reading of the most famous narrative poem devoted to the exploits and adventures of the historical personage Rodrigo D

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Chapter One. Kinship

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pp. 17-54

Kinship is, in general terms, the network of relationships determined by consanguineallinks and by associations through marriage. A great deal of literature deals with kinship in this wide sense. Thus, Jorge Manrique's Coplas on the death of his father, The Brothers Karamazov, Pride and Prejudice, and P

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Chapter Two. Amity

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pp. 55-98

Kinship systems vary in the extent to which genealogical and affinal relationships are recognizable for social purposes. They also vary, as Fred Eggan observes, in "the rights and obligations ... mediated through kinship." Often, in addition to a primary kinship based on consanguineal and affinal links,...

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Chapter Three. Marriage

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pp. 99-150

The PMC's understanding of marriage is exceedingly traditional. Hinojosa, in his seminal article on the law in the PMC's, points out that marriage as it takes place in this work shows no concern for the ecclesiastical ceremony of traditio, according to which a priest received...

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Chapter Four: Polity

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pp. 151-198

Previous chapters have dealt with various aspects of communal solidarity: kinship, amity, marriage. The present chapter is largely concerned with authority. In light of the multitude of possible definitions of the latter term, we will limit discussion to those meanings that reveal some degree...

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Chapter Five. Conclusion: Deference and Inequality

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pp. 199-230

Adrian Montoro contends that the PMC expresses the three primordial social functions delineated by Georges Dum

Notes

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pp. 231-239

Bibliography

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pp. 241-266

Index

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pp. 267-285


E-ISBN-13: 9781612490977
E-ISBN-10: 1612490972
Print-ISBN-13: 9781557530394
Print-ISBN-10: 1557530394

Page Count: 300
Publication Year: 1993

Series Title: Purdue Studies in Romance Literatures
Series Editor Byline: Patricia Hart