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By Wiliam H. Clamurro

Cervantes's Novelas ejemplares rival Don Quijote in complexity and importance. This ebook analyzes all twelve novelas, looking to remove darkness from the inherent tensions among the customarily affirmative resolutions and classes proposed by means of Cervantes's narrators, at the one hand, and the inescapable socio-cultural dissonances and ironies of tale and language, at the different. This interpreting of the whole assortment finds the richness and complexity of a number of the less-studied novelas in addition to the outstanding modernity (or postmodernity) of the ultimate textual content.

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Preciosa's song repeats and suggestively echoes her earlier arguments concerning the importance of virtue, the power or prerrogatives of inner and outer beauty, and the inherent equality of each and every person, where the purity and worth of the soul are concerned. Her presentation of these concepts is not unfamiliar, given the possibilities of the pastoral world. But the particular phrasing of the arguments is tellingly provisional and incomplete, as we find in the final strophes: Quiero ver si Ia belleza tiene tal prer[r]ogativa, que me encumbre tan arriba, que aspire a mayor alteza.

As is so prevalent throughout the Novelas ejemplares, an identity like Clemente's remains symbolic of subtly irresolvable questions. We are reminded that identity in general often eludes easy comprehension. Preciosa's reply to the song of Andres and Clemente, however, tends to break the spell, not only in its formal and stylistic shifts to redondillas and to a more material, less conventional or idealizing register of language, but also in its return to the theme with which Preciosa has previously established her concept of herself: the idea that her virtue and integrity are more important to her than beauty, wealth, or position.

This poetic solution to Clemente's identity problem (concerning his representational and narrative functions) does not fully answer the question, of course. As is so prevalent throughout the Novelas ejemplares, an identity like Clemente's remains symbolic of subtly irresolvable questions. We are reminded that identity in general often eludes easy comprehension. Preciosa's reply to the song of Andres and Clemente, however, tends to break the spell, not only in its formal and stylistic shifts to redondillas and to a more material, less conventional or idealizing register of language, but also in its return to the theme with which Preciosa has previously established her concept of herself: the idea that her virtue and integrity are more important to her than beauty, wealth, or position.

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