Escape from the Prison of Love

Caloric Identities and Writing Subjects in Fifteenth-Century Spain

By Robert Folger

Escape from the Prison of Love

188 pp., 6 x 9

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-9296-1
    Published: January 2009

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Escape from the Prison of Love is an exploration of medieval modes of subject constitution and their transformation in fifteenth-century Spanish sentimental romance, with a particular focus on Diego de San Pedro’s Cárcel de amor.

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.