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Archipelagoes: Insular Fictions from Chivalric Romance to the Novel

Simone Pinet
Copyright Date: 2011
Edition: NED - New edition
Pages: 280
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    Archipelagoes examines insularity as the space for adventure in the Spanish book of chivalry, much like the space of the forest in French chivalric romance. In this innovative work, Simone Pinet explores the emergence of insularity as a privileged place for the location of adventure in Spanish literature in tandem with the cartographic genre of the isolario.

    eISBN: 978-0-8166-7675-0
    Subjects: Language & Literature

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. Acknowledgments
    (pp. ix-x)
  4. Introduction Spatial Concepts, Medieval Context
    (pp. xi-xxxvi)

    From Antiquity onward, there exists an inaugural relation between geography and history. Confirmed by the modern era’s most famous of cartographers, Abraham Ortelius, or the travel writer Samuel Purchas, who both made of geography the eye of history, however, this well-loved sisterhood often obscures that other intimate relative of geography, literature. Narrative, especially, was for the ancient geographer both a source and a medium of representation, much in the manner that developed again in the Renaissance in what we familiarly know as humanist geography, producing new and surprising overlaps and hybrids. These geographic engagements with literature have been studied extensively,...

  5. 1 FOREST TO ISLAND Sites of Adventure from Arthur to Amadís
    (pp. 1-28)

    Medieval romance stems out from the articulation of two traditions, that ofchanson de gesteand that of historiography, the latter not at all new, as its origins are much more ancient and scholarly, but which gained renewed importance due to the series of developments that characterize the confluence of phenomena we have come to know as the Renaissance of the twelfth century.¹ The coexistence of epic and romance established a difference between the genres based on the social function they represented: collective versus individual; a complex set of situations versus the singular event; society versus one man.² Both participated...

  6. 2 ISLANDS AND MAPS A Very Short History
    (pp. 29-74)

    Spaces are constantly in the process of production. They are thus characterized by change, substitution, and replacement. However, as Lefebvre reminds us, spaces never disappear: they leave traces behind. A space like the forest is crisscrossed by traces, from the paths that are trod upon in order to traverse it, whether trails through pastures, footpaths, or merchant routes, which link up glades, springs, and inns; islands are loaded with mythology, colonization practices, marked as safe ports, or stepping stones in a commercial route. All of these spaces are imprinted with values of safety, riches, danger, and adventure, added on to...

  7. 3 ADVENTURE AND ARCHIPELAGO Amadís de Gaula and the Insular Turn
    (pp. 75-108)

    For the contemporary reader,Amadís’s positioning between Arthurian romance and Cervantes’sDon Quixoteis between a rock and a hard place. The unquestionable allure of the first and the celebrated status of the second have contributed toAmadís’s fading from the memory of readers, who for the most part will have never heard of it. To the late medieval and early modern audience, however,Amadíswas very much a household name.

    Amadís de Gaulais the first Castilian book of chivalry.¹ Emerging in the thirteenth century in the context of “molinismo,” that is, in the precarious political situation that Queen...

  8. 4 SHORES OF FICTION The Insular Image in Amadís and Cervantes
    (pp. 109-154)

    Buondelmonti’s account of his travels in the Aegean can be seen as the first of a genre, since explored in many different ways and cultivated well into the twentieth century. It confirms a model of modern travel writing inaugurated by Petrarch that is related to “the emergence of a subject that writes and records and memorializes the self,” in Cachey’s words, summarizing in a way the West’s response to the Aegean, constituting one of the first cultural inscriptions of subjectivity articulated through writing and geography.¹ That coincidence between internal and external geographies is made possible by the inscription of the...

  9. CONCLUSION Archipelagic Possibilities
    (pp. 155-162)

    Throughout this book I have been presenting different discourses that in the late Middle Ages and the early modern world led up to an intimate relation among insularity, fiction, and event: from voyages to maps to literature, from romance to book of chivalry to novel. The cultural atmosphere that in the late medieval period looks to insularity as a new way of interrogating the real with tools that draw from the encyclopedic and the singular, from bookish knowledge and humanist curiosity, allowed the emergence of genres in literature and cartography that focused on insularity as the space to explore those...

  10. Notes
    (pp. 163-202)
  11. Bibliography
    (pp. 203-222)
  12. Index
    (pp. 223-238)
  13. Back Matter
    (pp. 239-239)