Capturing the Pícaro in Words: Literary and Institutional Representations of Marginal Communities in Early Modern Madrid

1st Edition

Konstantin Mierau

Routledge
Published July 19, 2018
Reference - 190 Pages
ISBN 9780367000332 - CAT# K393410
Series: Outlaws in Literature, History, and Culture

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Summary

Capturing the Pícaro in Words discusses the framing of the transient marginals of early modern Madrid in the literary pícaro. It compares the perceptions of constables, shopkeepers, and criminals, to those of mass-produced literary representations, and argues that the literary representations "displaced" the pícaro, assigning the marginals different places in the literary texts in order to centralise the problem of urban vagrancy. The texts "spanished" the pícaro, thus establishing the image of a culturally homogenous group; and lastly, "silenced" the pícaro, under-representing the power marginals in the city derived from their knowledge of the information flows in the city.

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