r ev ie ws not only constitutes a further reworking of such a political project through Sancho's governorship, but it also demonstrates ``the structural role'' of ``the chivalric motif . . . in the production of fiction'' (141). Archipelagoes not only updates criticism on chivalric fiction, but it offers a new understanding of the genre, not through the mere ``influence'' of cartography on nonmodern fiction, but rather through their parallels and mutual dependence. Pinet contends that the isolario played a pivotal role in the poetics of fiction, and she suggests that fiction played an equally essential role in the making of cartography. Her book densely incorporates a wide variety of materials, theories, and critics, and I found its trajectory challenging and demanding. Pinet's arguments are nothing short of ingenious, but at times I wanted more explanation about how materials fit into the book's larger scope, as in the history of cartography in chapter two, or in the discussion of the tapestries in chapter four. Although the significance of the materials became clear, perhaps Pinet could have presented them with more steady, regular analysis and explanation of their importance to the book's larger arguments. Archipelagoes offers major innovations in
Hispanic Review – University of Pennsylvania Press
Published: Dec 30, 2013
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