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The laughter of the saints : parodies of holiness in late Medieval and Renaissance Spain /
Ryan D. Giles.
imprint
Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c2009.
description
197 p., [12] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
9780802099525 :
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imprint
Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c2009.
isbn
9780802099525 :
catalogue key
6977002
 
Gift to Victoria University Library. Blackmore, J. 2012/12/14.
Includes bibliographical references (p. [119]-184) and index.
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‘;A provocative study...Through interesting analyses, The Laughter of the Saintsdocuments how humour and sanctity coincided in medieval and early modern texts without provoking scandal but rather causing audiences, well familiar with the cults of the saints, to reflect upon the link between the sacred and the profane, the saint and the sinner.'
‘The Laughter of the Saintsoffers a compelling examination of medieval and early- modern parodies of saints... Giles#39; book is valuable to folklorists in its cultural and textual contextualization of Spanish religious parodies, many of which draw upon rich folklore traditions.'
'This volume taught me a lot and had me smiling while I was learning. What more could a reader ask for? '
'A notable, original work of scholarship, The Laughter of the Saintsexplores the relationship between humor and sanctity. Ryan D. Giles' broad ranging and interdisciplinary work convincingly demonstrates how the sacred and the profane could coexist in secular literary works without provoking scandal, offense, or repudiation. For medieval and early modern readers, the lives of the saints provided crucial points of reference, serving as both critical lens and fun house mirror, through which they could meditate upon and laugh at the intrinsic kinship between sin and virtue. I have no doubt but that this book will mark a milestone in Hispanic Medieval and Early Modern Studies.'
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Summaries
Main Description
Between the fourteenth and seventeenth centuries in Spain, a large number of parodic works were produced that featured depictions of humourous, satirical, and comical saints. The Laughter of the Saints examines this rich carnivalesque tradition of parodied holy men and women and traces their influence to the anti-heroes and picaresque roots of early modern novels such as Don Quixote .The first full-length treatment of the ways in which Spanish writers imitated religious depictions of saints’ lives for comic purposes, Ryan D. Giles’ erudite study explores the inversion of oaths, invocations, pious legends, and liturgical devotions. Analyzing a variety of texts from Libro de buen amor , to later works such as the Celestina , Carajicomedia , Lozana andaluza , and Lazarillo de Tormes , Giles not only sheds light on Golden Age Spanish literature, but also on the origins of the comic novel. A well-argued and convincing work, The Laughter of the Saints reveals the uproarious results of the collision of official and unofficial methods of storytelling.
Main Description
Between the fourteenth and seventeenth centuries in Spain, a large number of parodic works were produced that featured depictions of humourous, satirical, and comical saints. The Laughter of the Saints examines this rich carnivalesque tradition of parodied holy men and women and traces their influence to the anti-heroes and picaresque roots of early modern novels such as Don Quixote .The first full-length treatment of the ways in which Spanish writers imitated religious depictions of saints' lives for comic purposes, Ryan D. Giles' erudite study explores the inversion of oaths, invocations, pious legends, and liturgical devotions. Analyzing a variety of texts from Libro de buen amor , to later works such as the Celestina , Carajicomedia , Lozana andaluza , and Lazarillo de Tormes , Giles not only sheds light on Golden Age Spanish literature, but also on the origins of the comic novel. A well-argued and convincing work, The Laughter of the Saints reveals the uproarious results of the collision of official and unofficial methods of storytelling.
Main Description
Between the fourteenth and seventeenth centuries in Spain, a large number of parodic works were produced that featured depictions of humourous, satirical, and comical saints. The Laughter of the Saints examines this rich carnivalesque tradition of parodied holy men and women and traces their influence to the anti-heroes and picaresque roots of early modern novels such as Don Quixote. The first full-length treatment of the ways in which Spanish writers imitated religious depictions of saints' lives for comic purposes, Ryan D. Giles' erudite study explores the inversion of oaths, invocations, pious legends, and liturgical devotions. Analyzing a variety of texts from Libro de buen amor, to later works such as the Celestina, Carajicomedia, Lozana andaluza, and Lazarillo de Tormes, Giles not only sheds light on Golden Age Spanish literature, but also on the origins of the comic novel. A well-argued and convincing work, The Laughter of the Saints reveals the uproarious results of the collision of official and unofficial methods of storytelling.
Main Description
The "Laughter of the Saints" examines this rich carnivalesque tradition of parodied holy men and women and traces their influence to the anti-heroes and picaresque roots of early modern novels such as Don Quixote.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction: Saints and Anti-Saintsp. 3
Christ and His Crossp. 15
Holy Men in the Wildernessp. 33
Virgins and Harlotsp. 52
Picaresque Saintsp. 73
Rivalries and Reconciliationsp. 93
Conclusion: Sanctity and Humanityp. 114
Notesp. 119
Bibliographyp. 157
Indexp. 185
Illustrations followp. 100
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