Reviews _ Reviews Vivar, Francisco. "La Numancia" de Cervantes y la memoria de un mito. Madrid: Editorial Biblioteca Nueva, 2004. 174 pp. FRANCISCO VIVAR'S "La Numancia" de Cervantes y la memoria de un mito seeks to situate the lone extant example of Cervantes's experiments with classical tragedic form in a much contested and, ultimately, indefinable space: between collective memory and official history. The crux of this theoretical and historical problem arises from Vivar's reading of the play as the performance of "un mito español para exaltar la excelencia de los tiempos presentes a través de la antigua hazaña numantina" (13). This neo-conservative reading places the text in close proximity to triumphalistic myths of national identity, and, as such, Vivar is compelled to erect a precarious barrier between what is presupposed to be Cervantes's channeling of a legitimate collective memory of national proportions and other less legitimate uses of ancient and cloudy "memories." In chapter 1, Vivar introduces the themes of imperial domination and colonial resistance, the main focus being the articulation of a dialectical opposition between slavery and freedom. There are several points to be made here, the first of which concerns a definition of collective identity that
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