Illustrating El Cid, 1498 to Today (Paperback)

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Like England's Arthur and France's Charlemagne, the Cid is Spain's national hero, and for centuries he has served as an ideal model of citizenship. All Spaniards are familiar with the story of the Cid and the multifarious ways in which he is visualized. From illuminations in medieval manuscripts to illustrations in twenty-first-century editions, depictions of the Cid vary widely, revealing just how much Spain's national identity has transformed throughout the centuries. Uncovering the racial, gendered, and political impacts of one of Spain's most legendary heroes, Illustrating El Cid, 1498 to Today traces the development of more than five centuries of illustrations and problematizes their reception and circulation in Spain and abroad. By documenting the evolution of visual representations of the Cid, their artists, and their targeted readerships, Lauren Beck also uncovers how his legend became a national projection of Spanish identity, one that was shaped by foreign hands and even manipulated into propaganda by the country's most recent dictator, Francisco Franco. Through detailed analysis, Beck unsettles the presumption that chivalric masculinity dominated the Cid's visualization, and points to how women were represented with increasing modesty as readerships became younger in modern times. An unprecedented exploration of Spanish visual history, Illustrating El Cid, 1498 to Today yields thought-provoking insights about the powerful ways in which illustration shapes representations of gender, identity, and ethnicity.

About the Author

Lauren Beck is Canada Research Chair in Intercultural Encounter and professor of Hispanic studies at Mount Allison University.

Praise For…

"A unique critical approach that helps further advance the understanding of El Cid's fascinating literary corpus and its visual evolution through time, as well as insight into the Campeador's role in mainstream Spanish culture. This book will be of interest not only to el Cid scholars, Hispanists, and art critics, but also to educated readers in general." Hispania

"This book shows impressive erudition and scholarly imagination. It is extremely informative, breaks new ground, and encompasses a broad range of primary and secondary works, many of them overlooked by previous scholarship." Michael P. Harney, University of Texas at Austin

Product Details
ISBN: 9780773557260
ISBN-10: 0773557261
Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press
Publication Date: May 13th, 2019
Pages: 272
Language: English