151.  PROTOFEMINISMO,  EROTISMO Y COMIDA EN "LA LOZANA ANDALUZA"                                                                                                                   Linnette  Fourquet-Reed -- Prólogo de Luigi  Imperiale  

With a grounding in the current theoretical understanding of Renaissance feminism,  this work presents an examination of Francisco Delicado’s profeminist position in the context of what are currently described as individualist and relational models.  The individualist model proposes an autonomy of women in relation to men,  law and politics,  while the relational explores what women are and do in contrast to men.  Delicado’s text offers the possibility of invoking both models simultaneously.  

ISBN  1-882528-41-7                                                       180 pp.                                                         $69.95   


152.  LA EXPERIENCIA POÉTICA Y LA EXPERIENCIA MÍSTICA EN LA POESÍA DE SAN JUAN DE LA CRUZ

Carlos M. Andrés Gil  

Using the theory of orality,  this book shows how the poems were composed with the techniques of oral tradition;  and the oral character of this poetry helps in establishing the uniqueness of the experience induced by the poems.  This book is an original and yet attentive reading of the poetic texts using an interdisciplinary approach (philosophical, philological and literary).  It represents a major contribution to the study of the poetry of John of the Cross:  shattering,  and yet rigorous and faithful to the text.  
ISBN  1-882528-42-5                                                       149 pp.                                                         $69.95 


153.  STUDIES IN HONOR OF DENAH LIDA 
Edited by Mary G. Berg and Lanin A. Gyurko  

This volume contains several outstanding scholarly contributions written by some of the leading critics in the field of Hispanic literature.  Essential reference material.  
ISBN  1-882528-43-3                                                       300 pp.                                                         $75.00   


154.  DESENGAÑO AND SALVATION IN "GUZMÁN DE ALFARACHE"

Charmaine McMahon  

In Spain’s monumental novel of roguery,  Guzmán de Alfarache,  the interaction of the moral digressions and the picaresque exploits is presented as a literary technique that reflects the socio-ethical polemic undermining seventeenth century Spanish society.  The psychological role of the narrator-protagonist is explored in the interpretation of socio-cultural symbols and myths leading up to Spain’s unhappy "enlightenment".  The picaro’s confession is presented as secular,  rather than religious,  and is associated with his journey to make sense out of the world.  This defines the motives and effects of baroque "desengaño" in the "Guzmán" in order to facilitate a more complete understanding of its moral-didactic aim.  
ISBN  1-882528-44-1                                                      180 pp.                                                         $64.95                                                 

155. LA POESIE DE LUCETTE DESVIGNES: THE POETRY OF LUCETTE DESVIGNES

Jerry L. Curtis. A Bilingual Edition.

This is the first bilingual collection of Desvignes' poetry and as such, it provides a fresh glimpse of her poetic insights to both French and Anglophone readers. Desvignes' poetry resonates in a variety of tonalit within this varied collection that will become obvious to the reader : the classical dignity of "The Portal of the Lionesses", the ironic, meditative, and emotional lyricism voiced in "Screams in the Night", the themes of lost love and passing time and death apparent in "My Heart, Little by Little the Night is Falling", the cryptic, yet insightful descriptions of 105 miniatures of painter Michel Dufour in "The Indian Newspaper", and the modulations of tone found in the "Diverse Poetry" that ends the collection.
ISBN : 1-882528-45-X                                                  VIII + 214 pp.                                                 
$64.95

156.  EL DIAGNOSTICO DE LA HUMANIDAD POR MATEO ALEMAN: EL DISCURSO MEDICO DEL "GUZMÁN DE ALFARACHE"

Francisco Ramirez Santacruz. Prologue by Francisco Marquez Villanueva.

This book examines how medical language provided Aleman with an extraordinary linguistic tool that made the emergence of the modern novel possible. Mateo Aleman disclosed to subsequent generations of writers, and in particular to Cervantes, the possibilities of novelistic medical discourse in the area of psychology, politics, and even religion. Through recourse to the medico-philosophical tradition of Juan Luis Vives and Huarte de San Juan, Aleman fictionalizes the intricate relationship between the soul and the body, consolidating, before the creation of don Quijote, the mental illness of a literary character as the driving force of the modern novel, and offering by extension a medical allegory of a sick society.

ISBN : 1-882528-46-8                                                   270 pp.                                                          $64.95

157. THE WRITER IN THE LANDSCAPE: AUTHORIAL SELF-REPRESENTATION AND LITERARY FORM IN THE LANDSCAPE WRITINGS OF "UNAMUNO" AND "AZORIN" 

Mary Ruth Strzeszewski

The figure of the intellectual emerged in Spain in the second half of the nineteenth century, and Azorin (Jose Martinez Ruiz) and Miguel de Unamuno explored the critical and creative possibilities of this new role in their writings. This comparative study of these authors' prose writings on landscape focuses on the literary personae of the artist-intellectual that both Azori­n and Unamuno cultivated and on their innovative use of the article form. The principal body of the study is dedicated to each author's extension of the narrative of literary self-creation beyond the boundaries of the novel in the flexible, literary form of the article, Strzeszewski's reading of these sui generis writings should contribute to a greater appreciation of their innovative character.

ISBN: 1-882528-47-6                                                     168 pp.                                                        $64.95

158.   LIFTING THE OBSIDIAN MASK: THE ARTISTIC VISION OF CARLOS FUENTES

Lanin A. Gyurko

This volume is the only study to encompass all of Fuentes' writings, including short stories, novels, theatre and essays, from his earliest short stories of the mythic and fantastic, Los dos enmascarados, to his unique and enigmatic autobiographical dictionary En esto creo (2002), and his most significant narrative in the twenty-first century, La Silla del Aguila (2003). Designed for the students of Latin American Literature as a comprehensive guidebook, for enthusiasts of Comparative Literature and Ethnic Studies, and specialists in Latin American Literature, Lifting the Obsidian Mask provides a highly readable, illuminating and invaluable exploration of Fuentes' complex and uncompromising, paradoxical, and fascinating art.

ISBN: 1-882528-48-4                                                    433 pp.                                                        $70.00

159. PICCOLOMINI EN IBERIA: INFLUENCIAS ITALIANAS EN EL GENESIS DE LA LITERATURA SENTIMENTAL ESPANOLA

 Jaime Leanos

This volume offers a distinct interpretation of the genesis of one of the most fascinating genres of Spanish medieval literature, the fifteenth-century Spanish sentimental novel. This work examines the seminal importance of Historia de duobus amantibus, a work by Eneas Silvio Piccolomini, later known as Pope Pius II, in the development of the novel genre in Spain which originates with the acclaimed piece by Juan Rodri­guez del Padron: Siervo libre de amor.  By comparing seven of the main sentimental novels to the Historia de duobus amantibus, Leanos provides scholars with ample schorlarship on the subject. His innovative efforts also outline the main events of the fifteenth-century, which helped to pave the road to disseminate the genre. Leaños's work is extensive and his lucid study will benefit scholars and graduate students interested in Piccolomini and the history of the sentimental novel.

ISBN 1-882528-49-2                                                    200 pp.                                                           $64.95

160.   LA POESIA CREACIONISTA DE GERARDO DIEGO

Samuel M. Porrata

In purporting a wider and more encompassing view of Creacionismo, Porrata convinces the reader that this literary movement, while maintaining its artistic integrity, also allowed for the personalized and varying poetic styles of Gerardo Diego. The originality of the present work lies in Porrata's perceptive study of Gerardo Diego's religiosity which allows the poet to conceive of his poetry as a continuation of God's creative act through literary expression. This study "represents a significant contribution to literary criticism and theory because it approaches, in a methodical, objective and balanced manner, the hotly debated issues regarding Creacionismo's radical and revolutionary independence from all previous artistic form and technique," Salvatore Poeta, scholar and literary critic. Useful reference volume for undergraduate and graduate students as well as research scholars of contemporary Spanish literature.

ISBN 1-882528-50-6                                                    200 pp.                                                           $64.95

161.  PERU'S INQUISITION ON TRIAL: THE VINDICATION OF ANA DE CASTRO. LA INQUISICION PERUANA EN TELA DE JUICIO: LA VINDICACION DE ANA DE CASTRO

Jerry M. Williams

The distinguished professor and scholar Jerry M. Williams, Chair, Department of Foreign Languages, West Chester University, offers us yet another outstanding contribution to our understanding of inquisitorial practices in the New World and one of its most celebrated victims, a Judaizer, Mari­a Francisca Ana de Castro.  Professor Williams scrupulously examines archival records and analyzes relevant scholarly contributions to show how the drama of the Inquisition in Lima affected the lives of citizens who were prosecuted for a range of alleged and actual crimes against society, the public good, the Church and the State. An indispensable addition to the collection development of any College, University or Public Library.
ISBN 1-882528-52-2                                                  XVIII + 157 pp. Illustrations                              $64.95

162. LES AMIS INCONNUS / UNKNOWN FRIENDS

Jules Supervielle. A Bilingual Edition. Translation by Philip Cranston

The Uruguayan-born twentieth-century French poet, Jules Supervielle (1884-1960) here appears (after Naissances/Births, Scripta Humanistica # 86) in a second bilingual edition of an entire work by Philip Cranston. Les amis inconnus / Unknown Friends provides a deeper look into the physical and phychic universe created by Supervielle through some of his most memorable, most haunting poems.

ISBN : 1-882528-53-0                                                XIII + 217 pp.                                                       $64.95

163. DYNAMIC SPACES IN LA DIANA OF JORGE DE MONTEMAYOR

Linda Marie Sariego, O.S.F

This book is the first to study the three predominant settings in Montemayor's La Diana. This study is an essential consideration for those interested in Golden Age Spanish literature, for it presents a unique demonstration of the pastoral novel as distinct from the traditional perception of that genre as static, fantastic, or escapist.  This volume employs a previously unused analytic tool that focuses on the effectual reciprocity between the characters and their environment. This volume offers an innovative investigative approach to this pastoral novel, a study that challenges the propensity for order characteristic of Renaissance literature. This book will stimulate intellectual curiosity in the pastoral genre, for it rightfully exposes the exciting dynamism in La Diana that has often gone unnoticed.

ISBN 1-882528-54-9                                                   260 pp.                                                                $64.95

164.MORPHOLOGY OF THE "CANTAR DE MIO CID"

Jack J. Himelblau 

This study delves into the syntagmatic composition of the medieval Spanish epic, the "Cantar de Mio Cid." The detailed structural analysis of the "Cantar de Mio Cid" reveals that it consists of nineteen tales and that the functions contained in each of these nineteen tales almost invariably succeed one another in the same diachronic order as those prescribed by Vladimir Propp in his Morphology of the Folktale, relations that, to date, have escaped the attention of both Spanish medieval scholars and literary critics alike.  This volume ties the structure of the "Cantar de Mio Cid" to that of the fairy tales studied by Propp in his Morphology and reveals that the two are intimately related to each other by the fact that they are rooted in folk fable. The latter phenomenon leads to the following original finding of this book, namely, that not only the "Cantar de Mio Cid" but (possibly) all folk epic diegeses constitute extended fairy tales.

ISBN 1-882528-55-7                                                   194 pp.                                                                 $64.95

165.  L'HUMANISME A LA CORONA D'ARAGO (EN EL CONTEXT HISPANIC EUROPEU)

Julia Butinya  Jimenez and Antonio Cortijo Ocana, eds.

The meaning and even the existence of a humanistic movement in the Crown of Aragon have been recently put in question by some critics. This book engages in that discussion by exploring the topic of Humanism in the Crown of Aragon in the 14th through 16th centuries. In their introduction, the authors provide a general frame within which to explore the multifaceted forms of that movement. The contributions to this volume analyze from a comparative perspective the relevance of humanism in the Crown of Aragon and its authors, works, periods and topics within the more general context of humanism in Europe and the Iberian Peninsula.

ISBN 1-882528-56-5                                                    480 pp.          Written in Catalan                       $64.95

166.  A GUIDED DREAM

Ralph Gunther

The Nobel Prize the highest recognition of intellect that can be bestowed on a man or woman, has made an impact on the minds and imaginations of people for more than a hundred years. The present volume is a compendium of facts regarding the Prize.  Combining events of the past with anecdotes, biographical data, statistics, geographical locations, sketches, and extensive tables, this work of reference is a text available to scholars, students, and interested readers alike.

ISBN 1-882528-57-3                                                    230 pp.                                                                 $64.95

167.  BUCOLISMO RELIGIOSO EN LA PASTORAL RENACENTISTA

Salvatore Zumbo

The pastoral, as a literary genre, won wide acclaim both in Italy and Spain during the sixteenth century. A resurgence of its literary importance has been heralded lately by many important studies on the genre, including the present one which examines the theme of religious bucolics in the Renaissance Pastoral.  This book is a significant contribution to Golden Age Literature for it presents, through a detailed study of the gods Pan, Diana and Nature, the uniquely diverging pagan attitudes and religious sensibilities in the most representative pastoral works of Italy and Spain. This motif, more than any other, establishes a pattern of style and bucolic thematics which suffused the entire sixteenth century and even passed beyond into the seventeenth, bringing into focus a new perspective to the study of the Spanish pastoral and to the essence and meaning of Renaissance.  This volume will undoubtedly stimulate intellectual curiosity for it unveils, in a comparative context, an original examination of religious bucolics in the pastoral literature of Italy and Spain.

ISBN: 1-882528-58-1                                                    153 pp.                                                                $64.95

168.  STOICISM, SENECA, AND SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY SPANISH TRAGEDY

Jane W. Albrecht

This exciting study is essential reading for students and scholars of theater. It challenges the premise of most critical interpretations of the comedia, which are based on the notion of the originality of Lope de Vega's dramatic theory and practice and his repudiation of Classical models and the Senecan style, which formed the nucleus of sixteenth-century tragedy, a popular but short-lived form.  The book identifies thirty-one plays from the period 1596 to 1653 as a body of Golden Age tragedy with shared roots in Senecan tragedy and Stoic moral philosophy. The works, by Lope de Vega, Tirso de Molina, Calder6n de la Barca, Mira de Amescua, Ruiz de Alarcon and others, are not homogenous, but they do have common-origins, themes, sensibilities and motives. In addition to its grounding in Christian dogma and Aristotelian tbeory, Spanish tragedy was backed by a rich Stoic ethical heritage and steeped in Senecan dramatic practice.                                                                      

ISBN 1-882528-59-X                                                    263 pp.                                                                $64.95

169.   DEL ATALYA A LOS LIMITES DE FAETON: NARRAR LA EXPREIENCIA COGNITIVA EN EL BARROCO HISPANICO

Nicolas M. Vivalda

This exciting book offers fresh insights for those interested in Golden Age Spanish literature and its philosophical and cognitive ramifications. The study presents an original reading of four key texts of the period arguing that the Hispanic Baroque promotes a new way of rationalizing and processing human experience. The book employs innovative analytical tools in order to illustrate the Baroque philosophical ambiance as the background for an alternative cognitive and aesthetic model.  The book offers a new model of Baroque cognjtive practices illuminating the ways that early modern texts challenge the stability of the subject and the comprehensibility of the external world.

ISBN 1-882528-60-3                                                     232 pp.                                                                $64.95

 

170.  LA FUGA

Elias Hasbun, M.D.

This exciting novel offers a fresh look at the spiritual hunger of Peru's youth and he search for their place in society. Talented author/physician Elias Hasbun, M.D., shows with great mastery and originality the inner quest of the military cadets through a physical and spiritual escape. This quest shows a perfect panorama of Peruvian society with a special focus on the role of religious and military powers. With a pessimistic vision of today's society and a literature of contrasts, La Fuga shows a group of young men stepping away from reality and embracing a set of pure spiritual values while traveling through Peru, from urban military and religious schools to rural areas.  This novel expounds on issues such as innocence, humility, comradeship, poverty, and a return to nature while rediscovering religious principles, the power of the military and religious authorities on people's lives and beliefs. It is a brilliant addition to any college and university library. It is a must read for students of Latin American literature and history, and an exemplary model of expository prose for aspiring authors.

ISBN 1-882528-61-1                                                         428 pp.                                                           $44.95

171.  LOPE DE VEGA'S "EL HAMETE DE TOLEDO"

Matthew J. Dean. Critical edition, notes, and introduction. Preface by James A. Parr

Lope de Vega's El Hamete de Toledo tells the story of a noble pirate from Barbary, who, after being enslaved in Spain, becomes a mass murderer, and then a convert to Catholicism. Besides the exceptional dramatic technique and versification displayed by Lope, this play is remarkable for its unusual protagonist, the juxtaposition of Christian and Muslim practices of piracy in the Mediterranean, and the theme of slavery as experienced on the Iberian Peninsula.  This definitive critical edition, featuring a preface by James A. Parr, presents an extensive introduction, details explanatory notes, contrasts all previous editions, and offers an index of notes for easy reference. The introductory study provides the historical context and background that are necessary to fully appreciate the emotional experience of the characters and of Lope' s contemporary audience.  The comprehensive examination of the play's unique blend of tragic and comic elements, the later refundiciones (remakes), and the versification offer an important contribution to scholarly studies of Lope's drama.

ISBN: 1-882528-62-X                                                       200 pp.                                                            $64.95

172.  THE TRAIN STATION

Vincenzo Bollettino 

In the maelstrom of the global moment, economies, politics and even entire societies feel unhinged. When everything appears critical but little feels essential, disoriented readers search for an authentic voice. The Train Station speaks directly to this experience of dislocation and to a longing for the vital and enduring. Expressed in sharp, lacerating prose and breathtaking lyrical passages, The Train Station  is the intimate, harrowing account of a Southern Italian family's exile in the New York City of the Nixon Era. Impelled by economic necessity, the members of the Bollettino family leave their timeless village of Albanian origin and venture across the vast ocean toward America, where the bond between the magical and the real so familiar to them is torn asunder. The Bollettinos' confrontation with a Bronx eroding through "white flight," as well as with a faceless bureaucracy obdurate in its scrutiny of suspected war resisters, proves to be merciless. This literary novel of loss and of remembrance, alternately sober and whimsical in tone, plumbs the profound spiritual and psychological sense of futility with which the members of the Bollettino family struggle to preserve their ancient memories in a city composed of isolated cultural islands and run by invisible powers. Ultimately, The Train Station  invites readers to ponder more deeply all the trans-cultural journeys which continue to this day. The novel suggests that redemption can be had only by returning to those people who understand the world of nature, the soul and the mind.

ISBN: 1-882528-63-8                                                        395 pp.                                                              $54.95

173.   EL JARDIN DE LA CULPA (THE GARDEN OF GUILT)

Elias Hasbun, M.D.

In the imaginative world of creative writing, the prose fiction that is here presented once again by a talented and perceptive author/physician, Elias Hasbun, M.D., expands and complements the extensive corpus of humanistic writings proudly published in the Scripta Humanistica literary series.  The novel at hand, set in and around the historical city of Cusco, Peru, is a masterpiece of realistic fiction that delves into the complexity of human behavior in a conflicting time of Latin American society where traditional values and modern beliefs are often at odds. Old and new ideas conflict in a setting where the presence of the Church, the Inquisition and popular superstitions shape social conduct.  From the point of view of artistic form, style and psychological penetration, Hasbun's novel echoes the finest moments in the annals of nineteenth-century Spanish literature with such works by Juan Valera, as Pepita Jiménez, and Benito Pérez Galdós, Doña Perfecta. The author engages the reader in a well-developed story of intrigue, suspense, and death cast in a background rich in visual, olfactory and auditory sensations. The hermeneutic framework of the novel makes it an important and valuable reading for the student of Latin American literature, a significant example of scholarly research, and a superb model of expository prose for aspiring authors.

ISBN: 1-882528-64-6                                                       260 pp. Illustrations                                          $54.95

174.   MIMESIS, HERMENEUSIS, Y NARRACION EN FRAY BERNARDINO DE SAHAGUN

Mariana C. Zinni

This exciting book is the first comprehensive study on mimesis in the work of fray Bernardino de Sahagun. The volume deals with three concepts that cannot be avoided when thinking about the discursive colonization that took place in New Spain: mimesis (and its correlate, mimicry), hermeneusis and narration, and their relationship with a monological and monolithic Christian narrative coming from Europe. This narrative started to tremble because of the heterogeneity of the non-European discourses confronting the Occidental rationality that was arriving with the conquistadors and friars.

The author suggests the presence of a narrative pact crystallized in the use of Nahua metaphors with Christian content and of discursive models that don’t belong to European rhetoric, i.e., the huehuetlatolli, an ancient form of exhortation and courtly speech, among other rhetorical devices. The primary objective of these textual practices was to reshape the symbolic world of the Nahuas from the inside. But this rhetorical operation would also contaminate Hispanic discourses. This study proposes a reading guided by the concept of “discursive colonization’’ -paying special attention to the different levels of imagination and narration-, and its hermeneutic ambiguities, in order to analyze the dominant symbolic construction of European modernity, now deeply imbricated with processes of conquest and evangelization.

ISBN: 1-882528-65-4                                                        266 pp.                                                               $64.95

175.  THE THEATRE OF INFAMY: AUTOS DE FE IN PERU. INQUISITION TRIAL AND SENTENCING RECORDS, 1639-1749

Jerry M. Williams

This book studies six auto-de-fe trial and sentencing reports in colonial Peru, their textual value, and the specific story behind them. Sentencing records shine a spotlight on the Inquisition as a powerful religious and political institution that operated to control secular and orthodox codes and belief systems. The theatricality imbedded in those texts, replete with pageantry and the representation of human suffering, allows investigators to contextualize those turbulent and infamous chapters in history. Sentencing records (relaciones) of auto-de-fe trials served to alert citizens to the crimes committed against the Church and state by individuals who might otherwise have remained accidental to history; likewise they served as a warning to deter the populace against ill conduct. The relaciones bring into relief ideological questions that the Inquisition considered worthy of scrutiny. Individually and collectively the records of autos de fe document the life and circumstances of individuals judged to have either questioned the status quo,be it religious, social or moral, or strayed from it, individuals whose conduct or values brought them into contest with the norm of the larger society. Those published accounts became a literary novelty and part of the daily theatre of life, with conversations about them reflected in the popular vernacular.  Within an an Ibero-American context Williams examines cases of religious intolerance and contrasting political ideologies, explores how to teach inquisition texts, and provides a framework for reading and understanding an auto record. This unique volume of selected texts from the colonial archive documents varying aspects of inquisitorial procedures, the architecture of sentencing records, and contains a wealth of information about the otherwise quotidian existence of citizens of Peru of diverse class, race, and ethnic circumstances who struggled to mediate the complexities of life against the structure of colonial rule.

ISBN: 1-882528-66-2                                                     430 pp. Illustrations                                             $64.95