Paratextual subversion: Herrera and his poetry in the Anotaciones
Lennon, Paul Joseph
Hispanic Research Journal
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1580 saw the publication of the Anotaciones a las obras de Garcilaso de la Vega by the critic and poet Fernando de Herrera (c.1534-1597). This study develops previous scholarship on the paratextual strategies employed by Herrera, especially with regard to the inclusion of his own poetry within the Anotaciones. Two Garcilasian sonnets, ‘D’aquella vista pura i ecelente’ (VIII) and ‘Si para refrenar este desseo’ (XII), in conjunction with Herrera’s poetic responses, lie at the heart of this investigation, representing two respectively dominant cultural currents of the period: Neo-Platonism and Classical mythography. It will be shown how Herrera exploits Counterreformation attitudes towards secularity and mythography to engage in a critique that goes deeper than the attacks previously noted by Navarrete’s 1991 study. Indeed, Herrera’s lyric occupies a central role in a complete re-evaluation of Garcilasian lyric that not only moves to subvert the supremacy of the Toledan but also the hegemonic rule of intellectuals from Castile. Herrera presents himself as a learned Andalusian model for Neoplatonic poetics and as the model for imitation for Spanish letters in the wake of the Counterreformation.
© W. S. Maney & Son Ltd 2015. Author's Accepted Manuscript deposited in accordance with SHERPA RoMEO guidelines.
Vol. 16, Issue 3, pp. 208-220
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