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Felipe E. Ruan is associate professor of Spanish at Brock University, Canada.
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Chapter 1:Corte, Pícaros, and Cortesanos
Chapter 3 Chapter 2: Pícaro Cortesano: Guzmán de Alfarache
Chapter 4 Chapter 3: Cortesano Pícaro: El Criticón and Baltasar Gracián
Chapter 5 Conclusion
This book addresses topics relevant not only for our understanding of literary forms in early modern Spain, but for all those critical periods that forced a reconsideration of human forms of identity. ... The texts chosen for analysis are ideal, both for their literary importance as for the editorial impact they had when they were published. Ruan’s theoretical approach can also be considered adequate, since the network of concepts Bourdieu weaves around “habitus” and “capital” allows for the consideration of the individual and social dimensions most influential in the construction of identity. Most importantly, perhaps, is the emphasis on a number of mechanisms and types that underscore, from the early modern period to the social and technological revolution we live today, that the construction of identity is both individual and social. Ruan successfully analyzes how these early modern forms of identity are produced and developed.
— Revista Hispanica Moderna
This is a solid study, informed by social theory and by the work of an eminent group of Hispanists. The operative juxtapositions are revealing and rewarding. By judiciously navigating similitude and difference, Ruan expands and enriches the parameters of social and literary history.
— Bulletin of Hispanic Studies