188 pp., 6 x 9
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-9296-1
Published: January 2009
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Drawing on premodern psychological models, Robert Folger argues that courtly self-fashioning through amatory performance provided an alternative and threat to the medieval gradual build-up of the self through hexis and habitus. In the light of the unsettling gender implications for the courtly lover, says Folger, the authors of sentimental fiction explored new ways of subject constitution based not on passionate attachment but on identification. Cárcel de amor shows how new forms of writing and reading techniques and authorship provided an avenue for a new notion of interiority that was essential to the Golden Age of Spanish literature.
About the Author
Robert Folger is chair of Spanish Literature and Culture at Utrecht University. He is author of Images in Mind: Lovesickness, Spanish Sentimental Fiction, and Don Quijote.
For more information about Robert Folger, visit the Author Page.