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Spain and the Western Tradition, Volume I
The Castilian Mind in Literature from El Cid to Calderon
Otis H. Green

This epochal, four-volume study by Otis H. Green has been described as “a labor of love—love for Spain, its culture, its traditions—and the crowning of a long and distinguished career. It is also an important tool for research and a vast panorama in which Spanish cultural history unfolds from its medieval beginnings to the end of the seventeenth century”—Hispania

 Volume I is concerned mainly with the two great themes of medieval secular literature: chivalry and love, not only as they permeated Spanish literature but also as they related to the broader European context. Throughout, Green examines the tensions that existed between Christian virtues and knightly virtues: the sic et non of the medieval tradition.


“This first part of Professor Green’s large work commands respect for its scope and its frequent penetration of a vexed and elusive subject. Love is of universal interest, but the chivalric or courtly variety perplexes many modern readers of poetry for its intellectual extravagances and its psychological improbabilities which belong to an age of very mannered self-expression. Therefore, we should be grateful for this survey which keeps the subject freshly before us as the key to much of the literature of the past.”—Bulletin of Hispanic Studies


Otis H. Green was, at the time of publication, professor of romance languages at the University of Pennsylvania.

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October 1963
LC: 63-013745 PQ
342 pp.   6 x 9
ISBN-10: 0-299-02950-6
ISBN-13: 978-0-299-02950-0
Cloth $20.00 s

ISBN-10: 0-299-02954-9
ISBN-13: 978-0-299-02954-8
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