Courtiers, Courtesans, Picaros, and Prostitutes: the art and artifice of selling one's self in Golden Age Spain

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Courtiers, Courtesans, Picaros, and Prostitutes: the art and artifice of selling one's self in Golden Age Spain

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This work examines the place of literature in Golden Age Spain by exploring the implications of the shifting means of evaluating the worth of the individual in a culture bent on preserving traditional societal divisions. A blend of textual analysis of canonical literature and theoretical concerns, the examination of traditionally divergent sets of literary genres explores two disparate worldviews, the cultural elite versus the marginalized. The book analyzes questions of social mobility and linguistic performance: how battles for the acquisition and preservation of status lead to the ultimate revelation of the ‘self’s’ verbal and intellectual skills as merely a ruse. The emergence of a ‘self’ defined by its success in social exchange then becomes a parallel for commercial exchange in a developing capitalist society.

Keywords

Gracián y Morales, Baltasar -- Criticism and interpretation -- 1601-1658; Picaresque literature, Spanish -- History and criticism; Social classes in literature;

Document Type

Book

ISBN

978-1889431772

Publication Date

2002

Publisher

University Press of the South

City

New Orleans

Department

Department of Languages and Literatures

Object Description

xii, 231 pages ; 22 cm

Language

EN

Courtiers, Courtesans, Picaros, and Prostitutes: the art and artifice of selling one's self in Golden Age Spain

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