Mateo Alemán Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))


Arias, Joan. Guzmán de Alfarache: The Unrepentant Narrator. London: Tamesis Books Limited, 1977, 106 p.

Full-length study of Alemán's Guzmán de Alfarache which argues that Guzmán's final conversion serves to demonstrate the Christian doctrine of original sin.

Cascardi, Anthony J. “The Rhetoric of Defense in the Guzmán de Alfarache.Neophilologus 63, no. 3 (July 1979): 380-88.

Concentrates on elements of social and moral defense by the narrator of Alemán's Guzmán de Alfarache.

Davis, Nina Cox. Autobiography as Burla in the Guzmán de Alfarache. London and Toronto: Associated University Presses, 1991, 153 p.

Describes the serious function of jokes in the Guzmán de Alfarache.

Howard Mancing. “Embedded Narration in Guzmán de Alfarache.” In Ingeniosa Invención: Essays on Golden Age Spanish Literature for Geoffrey L. Stagg in Honor of His Eighty-fifth Birthday, edited by Ellen Anderson and Amy R. Willaimsen, pp. 69-99. Newark, N.J.: Juan de la Cuesta, 1999.

Identifies the interpolated stories and anecdotes Alemán uses in his Guzmán de Alfarache.

McGrady, Donald. Mateo Alemán. New York: Twayne Publishers, Inc., 1968, 190 p.

Full-length study of Guzmán de Alfarache which argues that the relationship between Alemán and his character Guzmán is greater than most critics maintain.

Parker, Alexander. Literature and the Delinquent. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1967, 195 p.

Argues that Guzmán's conversion is indeed authentic.

Ricapito, Joseph V. “Mateo Alemán, Two Editors and the Structure of Guzmán de Alfarache,Hispanic Journal 6, no. 1 (fall 1984): 11-19.

Criticizes the editors Lesage and Aribau for leaving out portions of Guzmán de Alfarache which Ricapito believes are necessary to the book's thematic structure.

Whitenack, Judith A. “The alma diferente of Mateo Alemán's Ozmín y Daraja,Romance Quarterly 38, no. 1 (February 1991): 59-73.

Argues that Alemán inserts the tale Ozmín y Daraja in his Guzmán de Alfarache to both mock popular fiction of its time and the importance of conversion to Christianity.

Woods, M. J. “The Teasing Opening of Guzmán de Alfarache.Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 57, no. 3 (July 1980): 213-18.

Concentrates on the irony in the first chapter of Guzmán's narration, an irony similar to that found in Lazarillo de Tormes.