Academic journal article Bulletin of Hispanic Studies

Novela Corta Y Teatro En El Barroco Español (1613-1685). Studia in Honorem Prof. Anthony Close

Academic journal article Bulletin of Hispanic Studies

Novela Corta Y Teatro En El Barroco Español (1613-1685). Studia in Honorem Prof. Anthony Close

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Rafael Bonilla CeRezo, JoSé Ramón TRuJillo y Begoña RodRíguez (eds), Novela corta y teatro en el Barroco español (1613-1685). Studia in honorem Prof. Anthony Close. madrid: Sial ediciones. 2012. 211 pp. iSBn 978-84-15014-86-7.

a collected volume of essays on the short story in seventeenth-century Spain (and the related genre of the 'entremés') is a welcome addition to a relatively small bibliography on the subject, small if compared to the number of books and articles dedicated to the theatre, poetry and prose of the time, or indeed just to the short stories of Cervantes. The opening date chosen here of 1613 is important since it signals that this volume will deal with short-story writing after the publication of Cervantes' Novelas ejemplares. Cervantes thus does not appear here directly, though his shadow looms large over the contributions, as one can imagine.

The book begins with a sympathetic, personal homage to one of the uK's leading Cervantine scholars, who died so suddenly and unexpectedly in the autumn of 2010: anthony Close. it is a moving tribute to one who shunned the limelight and had a properly jaundiced view of much so-called academic activity, but who was generous with his time and knowledge, especially towards younger scholars. anyone who knew anthony person- ally will recognize immediately here the accuracy of the portrait drawn for the reader: 'anthony tuvo el don del talento, intuición, generosidad, elegancia, oportunidad y, por qué no, fue muy libre. Se le negaron, en cambio, la ambición, la mezquindad, la aptitud para la intriga y una excesiva dependencia de los oropeles universitarios' (14).

The short story in Spain post Cervantes has received little attention, even in recent times when so much 'minor' writing of the Spanish Baroque has come under scrutiny. Perhaps this has been a result of the dominant figure of the master whose own short stories make so much of what came afterwards seem paltry by comparison. The stories of maría de zayas are perhaps the exception here, no doubt because she is one of the few women writers of the Spanish seventeenth century to achieve prominence. This collection is there- fore useful in that it brings to the reader's attention the stories of other, less read writers such as mariana de Carvajal, Jacinto arnal de Bolea, and Juan Pérez de montalbán, while reminding the reader of the extensive and, at the time, very popular output of a writer such as alonso del Castillo Solórzano. …

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