Jorge Manrique's Coplas por la muerte de su padre

Jorge Manrique's Coplas por la muerte de su padre

A History of the Poem and its Reception

Nancy F. Marino


Tamesis Books



A thorough examination of the making of, transmission, and scholarly engagement with one of the most famous poems in the Spanish language.
Completed shortly before Jorge Manrique's death in 1479, the Coplas por la muerte de su padre is arguably the most famous poem in the Spanish language. Since its first circulation in the same era, the text has occupied a prominent place in the Spanish literary tradition, becoming, along with its author, a cultural icon. This book explores the ways in which successive generations of readers and scholars have engaged with the poem. It also contextualizes the Coplas, Manrique's life, and his enduring reputation.
The book is divided into four chapters. The first provides information about the historical setting of the Coplas and its earliest transmission. A chronological survey of the poem's reception comprises chapter 2 (the Renaissance and Baroque eras) and chapter 3 (literary reception in the eighteenth to twenty-first centuries). Chapter 4, "Shifting Literary Perspectives", examines how different perceptions of the meaning and form of the text have changed over the centuries, and the way in which translations have also revealed a variety of interpretations and transformations.

Nancy Marino is Professor of Spanish, Adjunct Professor of History, and Consultant to the Vice President for Research at Michigan State University.


November 2011
226 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Monografias A
ISBN: 9781855662315
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
Tamesis Books
BISAC LIT004280, LIT011000, LIT014000
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Table of Contents

The Author and His Work
The Life and times of Jorge Manrique and His Coplas
The Death of Jorge Manrique, the So-called coplas póstumas. and the Date of the Coplas
The Earliest Transmission: Manuscripts and Printed Editions
Renaissance and Baroque Eras
The Coplas in Early Spanish Literary Works
The Coplas in Early Didactic Works
Early Musical Reception
The Visual Reception of the Coplas in the Sixteenth Century
The Coplas in Portuguese Literature
Reception in the Eighteenth to Twenty-First Centuries
The Coplas in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
The Coplas in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries
Literary Responses since 1800
Shifting Literary Perceptions
The Question of Genre
Observations on Meter
On the Structure of the Coplas
On the Sources of the Coplas
Ubi sunt and the Coplas
Rewriting the Coplas: Translations
Appendix A: Five Centuries at a Glance: A Selection of Comments about the Coplas
Appendix B: Additional Literary Responses since 1800
Editions Cited
Works Cited


This book is not only an excellent piece of research, in the strictest sense of the word . . . but also one of those magnificent companions to medieval Spanish literature that we are used to seeing from Tamesis Books and which will delight both students and professors alike. ANUARIO DE ESTUDIOS MEDIEVALES

In sum, this is a well researched study that will undoubtedly appeal to scholars whose research focuses on Manrique's masterpiece as well as students who seek a guide to the poem's reception over the centuries. BULLETIN OF SPANISH STUDIES

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