Seneca and Celestina Louise Fothergill-Payne

ISBN: 9780521121187

Published: August 13th 2009

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192 pages


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Seneca and Celestina  by  Louise Fothergill-Payne

Seneca and Celestina by Louise Fothergill-Payne
August 13th 2009 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 192 pages | ISBN: 9780521121187 | 5.34 Mb

This book examines the reason and intent behind the many Senecan and pseudo-Senecan quotations in Fernando de Rojas masterpiece Celestina (1499), which enjoyed enormous popularity in sixteenth-century Europe. The author considers the importanceMoreThis book examines the reason and intent behind the many Senecan and pseudo-Senecan quotations in Fernando de Rojas masterpiece Celestina (1499), which enjoyed enormous popularity in sixteenth-century Europe.

The author considers the importance attached to Senecan thought in the oral, scholarly and literary traditions of fifteenth-century Spain and demonstrates how readers tastes and sensibilities were shaped by it. The main themes of Celestina, such as self-seeking friendship and love, pleasure and sorrow, gifts and riches, greed, suicide and death, are shown to be rooted in this intellectual background. The Senecan tradition, albeit treated in a satirical vein, is also seen as underlying the later additions and interpolations to the text, with a shift towards Senecas tragedies in response to changes in fashion- Professor Fothergill-Payne reveals that even the Petrarchan quotations in Celestina have Senecan sources.

Seneca and Celestina thus offers a fresh perspective on the literary and intellectual sources that shaped this famous book.



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