New book on Celestina and Lozana andaluza

Enrique Fernandez Enrique_Fernandez at
Wed Feb 16 15:57:13 CST 2005

Estimados celestinistas,
Les paso noticia del nuevo libro publicado por Manuel da Costa Fontes (Kent
State University mfontes at en Purdue University Press.
Manuel da Costa Fontes, The Art of Subversion in Inquisitorial Spain: Rojas
and Delicado, PSRL 30, West Lafayette, Indiana: Purdue UP, 2005.  xiv +
346pp.  Paper: $44.95

Adjunto la nota que el autor me ha enviado:


The Art of Subversion in Inquisitorial Spain: Rojas and Delicado
Manuel da Costa Fontes

Fernando de Rojas's Celestina (1499) is perhaps the second greatest work of
Spanish literature, right after Don Quixote, and Francisco Delicado sought
to surpass it with La Lozana andaluza (1530), an important precursor of the
picaresque novel. Both works were written during the height of the
Inquisition, when the only relatively safe way for New Christian writers of
Jewish extraction like Rojas and Delicado to express what they felt about
the discrimination they suffered and their doubts regarding the faith that
had been forced upon their ancestors was to do so in a covert, indirect
manner. Some scholars have detected this subversive element in Rojas's and
Delicado's corrosive view of the Christian societies in which they lived,
but this book goes far beyond such suggestions, showing through abundant
textual evidence that these two authors used superficial bawdiness and
claims regarding the morality of their respective works as cover to encode
attacks against the central dogmas of Christianity: the Annunciation, the
Virgin Birth, the Incarnation, and the Holy Trinity.

This book, which will generate controversy among Hispanists, will be of
interest not only to students and scholars of Spanish literature, but also
to those involved in Jewish studies, medieval European history, and cultural

Manuel da Costa Fontes is a professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Kent
State University. The author and editor of several books, he has published
widely on the Portuguese ballad, crypto-Judaism, and medieval and
Renaissance Spanish literature. His most recent book is Folklore and
Literature: Studies in the Portuguese, Brazilian, Sephardic, and Hispanic
Oral Traditions.

Purdue Studies in Romance Literatures vol. 30. 2004. xiv, 346 pp.
1-55753-348-2 Paper $44.95.

The book is published by Purdue University Press. It may be ordered from
Purdue University Press, PO Box 388, Ashland, OH  44805; or call (800)
247-6553; email order at

Web sites:
Purdue University Press

Enrique Fernandez
Associate Head
Dept. of French, Spanish & Italian
University  of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB, R3T 2N2, CANADA

Enrique_Fernandez at

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