Cristòfol Despuig: Dialogues

June 2014
178 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Textos B
ISBN: 9781855662759
Format: Paperback

Cristòfol Despuig: Dialogues

A Catalan Renaissance Colloquy Set in the City of Tortosa

Cristòfol Despuig

Translated by Henry Ettinghausen

Renaissance dialogues from C16th Catalonia, in which three speakers elegantly discuss politics, society and the Church.
Dialogue is one of the Classical genres reclaimed by the Renaissance, which turns it into a hallmark of the period. In the Catalan-speaking world nearly forty dialogues were written in the course of the Renaissance. Despuig's Dialogues, written in 1557, stand out from the rest by the extent to which they incorporate the most innovative aspects of the genre: the dramatisation of Renaissance multiple perspectives and the consistency of the fictional plot that provides a structure for the ideas.
The Dialogues offer a critical review of a host of issues that were topical at the time. The three speakers in the work - Livio, the knight from Tortosa; Fabio, the gentleman from Tortosa; and Don Pedro, the knight from Valencia - elegantly exchange their subtly contrasting views regarding politics, society and the Church as they stroll through the streets of the city Tortosa and sail along the Ebro. The main features of the dialogue, which typify the revival of the genre in the Renaissance, lie in the way it expresses differing opinions, creates multiple perspectives and constructs a consistent plot that imitates a spontaneous conversation whilst providing a structure for the speakers' reflections. Both the ways in which it articulates the discussion and the specific ideas that it allocates to its speakers make Despuig's Dialogues a text that exemplifies the Renaissance in Catalonia.

Published in association with Editorial Barcino, Barcelona.


Professor Ettinghausen should be acknowledged for producing such an exquisit text that it hardly seems a translation. . . . Overall, Ettinghausen's magnificent translation of the six dialogues offers a unique opportunity for students and scholars of the Renaissance and early modern Europe unable to read Catalan to access an informative edition of the text. RENAISSANCE QUARTERLY

This edition provides Anglophone readers with a rare window into the mind of the lower nobility of a Catalan provincial city in an era of transition and tension. It will be of interest to historians of the Spanish kingdoms and to scholars of Peninsular languages, literatures and culture. BULLETIN OF SPANISH STUDIES

Also in Series

Related Titles