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Juan de Mena y sus lectores: Hernán Núñez y Francisco Sánchez de las Brozas “El Brocense”

Isidoro Aren Janeiro, University of Massachusetts Amherst


This dissertation analyses the reception of Juan de Mena's Laberinto de Fortuna (1444) in the XV century by Hernán Núñez, and in the XVI century by Francisco Sánchez de las Brozas “ El Brocense.” The study takes into account the motives that made Laberinto de Fortuna one of Spain's most commented works, in a time when the printing press just arrived in the Iberian Peninsula. The “Introduction” examines the advent of the printing press as an instrument that allowed for the creation of a literary canon that had protonationalistic undertones, and it establishes the political tone of the poem, and its peculiarities that differentiate it from the other major literary productions of the XV century. The first chapter, “Mena y su siglo,” presents a study of a century that is crucial for the understanding of Spain's literary creation in the Golden Age, by taking a look into the historical, political, and social aspects that form the intertextuality of Mena's Laberinto de Fortuna. It both takes a look at the role of the reader in the text, and the ability to interpret the signs that form its inner structure. In the second chapter, “Hernán Núñez leyendo a Mena,” the role of the reader is studied as it is documented in Hernán Núñez's commentary to El Laberinto de Fortuna: La Glosa de las Trescientas. In essence, this chapter presents a study of how an author becomes part of a literary canon, and it presents the challenge of concretizing the interpretation of a text from one century to the next. The third chapter, “Las Anotaciones: El Brocense y la edición de 1582,” concludes this study by presenting how the advent of the printing press has evolved from its arrival in Spain, and how books were read, and circulated from one medium to the next.

Subject Area

Literature|Middle Ages|Literature|Romance literature

Recommended Citation

Janeiro, Isidoro Aren, "Juan de Mena y sus lectores: Hernán Núñez y Francisco Sánchez de las Brozas “El Brocense”" (2005). Doctoral Dissertations Available from Proquest. AAI3179889.