Abstract

ABSTRACT:

The expelled morisco Ricote in Don Quijote (1615) is on a quest to reunite his family and recover a cache of buried treasure, including a substantial volume of coins. This paper diverges from current critical trends focused on economic discourse in Cervantes by approaching Ricote’s coins not as economic signifiers but as material artifacts. Contrasting the numismatic messages materially embodied in Ricote’s coins with his own personal drama, a fundamental dissonance emerges, problematizing Cervantes’s representation of the morisco expulsion, and opening Ricote’s story to a broader interrogation of the relationship between numismatic propaganda and contemporary justifications of the mass expulsions of 1609–1614 (such as those penned by apologists like Aznar Cardona, Bleda, Corral y Rojas, Fonseca, and Guadalajara y Javier).

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Additional Information

ISSN
1553-0639
Print ISSN
0018-2176
Pages
pp. 273-298
Launched on MUSE
2016-07-25
Open Access
No
Archive Status
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