“The Bonds of Patrimony: Cervantes and the New World” (1994).

PMLA, Vol. 109, No. 5 (October 1994), pp. 969-981.

One of the main goals of this essay is to explore the possible effects on Spain of the discovery of the New World.  More concretely, I want to examine how some of the central concerns of the European Renaissance –and, therefore, of Cervantes—must have been inflected by the colonial experience.  To this end, I develop what might be called a New World reading of one of the most popular tales in Cervantes’s Novelas ejemplares, “El celoso extremeño”—a reading that attempts to come to terms with the novella’s numerous New World allusions…

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