Reviews e. michael gerli. Celestina and the Ends of Desire. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2011. 256 pp. In this study, Gerli proposes that the Celestina should be read as an early modern text that gives voice to the individual and societal anxieties of an emerging modern subject. Gerli brings together the work of several critics who have analyzed various aspects of the text (Gossy and Douglas on feminine subjectivity; Lacarra and Gilman on the socio-historical context, and Severin and Foothergill-Payne on rhetoric, etc.) in service of his larger thesis about desire and modernity. He offers a Marxist and psychoanalytic reading of the characters and spaces through which they move--arguing that, as readers, we find in this late fifteenth-century text an ironic/subversive repurposing of medieval genres such as courtly lyric and romance, and the social system from which they derive and which they perpetuate, in order to give expression to the social and economic frustrations of Spain's incipient working class in fifteenth-century Spain. In the individual chapters, Gerli teases out the implications of material desire in the objects, names, images, scopophilia, laughter, speech, bodies, and spaces depicted in the work. Through close readings of the text, as well
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