The text analyses the topic of the “The Palm-on-Cheek Pose” in Cervantes’ works and it reflects on the narratively ways in which the author employs it, a part from Don Quixote. Cervantes plays with a traditional topic in Spanish culture. The pose can be found in medieval works, but it’s only during XVI and XVII c. when it becomes recurrent, nearly obsessive. Spanish literature could be re-read focusing on this topic, with its narrative functions, its expressions and its complex transformations. The “The Palm-on-Cheek Pose” seems like a paradigm and a metaphor that, through its changes, becomes the symbol of the search for the individual and collective identity.

Un mar de tinta: el bufete de Cervantes y la mano en la mejilla de los escritores de los Siglos de Oro

FELICE GAMBIN
2017-01-01

Abstract

The text analyses the topic of the “The Palm-on-Cheek Pose” in Cervantes’ works and it reflects on the narratively ways in which the author employs it, a part from Don Quixote. Cervantes plays with a traditional topic in Spanish culture. The pose can be found in medieval works, but it’s only during XVI and XVII c. when it becomes recurrent, nearly obsessive. Spanish literature could be re-read focusing on this topic, with its narrative functions, its expressions and its complex transformations. The “The Palm-on-Cheek Pose” seems like a paradigm and a metaphor that, through its changes, becomes the symbol of the search for the individual and collective identity.
The Palm-on-Cheek Pose. Cervantes. Medieval tradition. Romances. Chivalry novels. Pastoral novels. Picaresque. Post-Cervantes tradition.
Spagnolo: La mano en la mejilla. Cervantes. Antecedentes medievales. Romances. Libros de caballerías. Novela pastoril. Literatura picaresca. Rastreo del motivo después de Cervantes.
El texto analiza el tema de la mano en la mejilla en la obra de Cervantes y presta especial atención a cómo el autor lo utiliza y va reelaborando narrativamente en sus obras, no sólo en el Quijote. Cervantes juega y adapta un motivo que ya se había difundido en la cultura espa- ñola. El gesto, que ya está presente en algunas obras medievales, se hace recurrente, casi obsesivo, en el curso de los siglos XVI y XVII. No hay género literario que no utilice el motivo de la mano en la mejilla. Se puede, en fin, revisar mucha literatura española a la luz de ese tema, de sus múltiples funciones narrativas, de sus articulaciones, de sus complejos cambios. La mano en la mejilla casi parece un paradigma y una metáfora que en su entrelazarse y modificarse de continuo en los autores se hace emblema de la búsqueda de la identidad individual y colectiva de los españoles.
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