Lecturas de un sueño. (Sobre la República Literaria de Saavedra Fajardo)

Translated title of the contribution: Readings of a dream. (About Saavedra Fajardo's República Literaria)

Juan Carlos Rodríguez, Mar Campos F. Fígares

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The author of the República Literaria, a diplomatic voyager from the 17th Century, dreams of a city of paper: to read a city as if it were a book and to read a book as if it were a journey throughout literary history. Is it possible? On this journey across all of written culture that Saavedra describes, where the inhabitants of the city are authors of 'literary' texts and the arts live together with the sciences and the muses, the author analyses with subtle irony the present and the tradition of everything that surrounds the production of all that is written. With the classic resource of the 'Dream' he shows an incredibly clear panorama where we can recognize the beginnings of capitalism, in which books have gone from being considered repositories of wisdom and common sense, to becoming mere marketplace objects.

Translated title of the contributionReadings of a dream. (About Saavedra Fajardo's República Literaria)
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)439-461
Number of pages23
JournalRevista de Literatura
Issue number150
StatePublished - Jul 2013
Externally publishedYes


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