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Caballero noble desbaratado

Autobiografía e invención en el siglo XVI

by José Luis Gastañaga Ponce de León

Publication Year: 2011

First-person narrative does not always fall under the genre of autobiography. In the centuries before the genre was defined, authors often patterned their personal narratives after prestigious discourses, such as hagiography, historiography, and the literary miscellany. Caballero noble desbaratado: Autobiografía e invención en el siglo XVI [Noble Knight Disrupted: Autobiography and Invention in the Sixteenth Century] analyzes several first-person narratives from Spain and the conditions of their writing and reception. It focuses on the sixteenth-century Libro de la vida y costumbres [Book of life and customs] by Alonso Enríquez de Guzmán (1499-1547), the knight of the title. One chapter looks at antecedents to the central work: the late fourteenth-century Memorial by Leonor López de Córdoba, who narrates difficult passages of her life; the Breve suma de la vida y hechos [Brief Summary of the Life and Deeds] by Diego García de Paredes, who speaks of duels and battles as an object lesson in honor and courage for his son; and Cautiverio y trabajos [Captivity and Travails] by Diego Galán, a tale of captivity and flight in Muslim lands that constitutes an early example of fictionalized autobiography. The study also examines the influence of writers like Bartolomé de Torres Naharro, Antonio de Guevara, and Pedro Mexía and the vitality of lyric poetry on both sides of the Atlantic. Although the Biblioteca de Autores Españoles has devoted a volume to Enríquez de Guzmán, there has never been a book-length study dedicated to this author. This book fills that gap and constitutes a valuable contribution to the study of autobiography in Spanish.

Published by: Purdue University Press

Series: Purdue Studies in Romance Literatures

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pp. ix

Hace mucho tiempo en la Pontificia Universidad Cat

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pp. 1-20

El siglo XVI era un tiempo de indeterminaci

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pp. 21-66

Antes de ahondar en el estudio de Enr

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pp. 67-116

En el estudio preliminar a su edici

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pp. 117-162

Sabemos que don Alonso empieza a escribir su Libro, o al menos los textos que pasarán más tarde a formar parte de él, cuando sale de su hogar en Sevilla a los 19 años de edad —es decir, hacia 1518–19 —y no deja de añadir materiales hasta 1547, cuando misteriosamente desaparece sin dejar huella alguna.1 ...

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pp. 163-168

El estudio de nuestras autobiograf


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pp. 169-180

Fuentes citadas

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pp. 181-190

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Sobre el autor

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pp. 197


E-ISBN-13: 9781612491479
E-ISBN-10: 1612491472
Print-ISBN-13: 9781557536020
Print-ISBN-10: 1557536023

Page Count: 208
Publication Year: 2011

Series Title: Purdue Studies in Romance Literatures

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  • Autobiography -- Authorship.
  • Spanish prose literature -- Classical period, 1500-1700 -- History and criticism.
  • Autobiographical fiction, Spanish $XHistory and criticism.
  • Enríquez de Guzmán, Alonso, 1499-1547 -- Criticism and interpretation.
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