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An Early SelfJewish Belonging in Romance Literature, 1499-1627$
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Susanne Zepp

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780804787451

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804787451.001.0001

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Inquisition and Conversion

Inquisition and Conversion

El Lazarillo de Tormes (1554)

(p.72) (p.73) Three Inquisition and Conversion
An Early Self

Susanne Zepp

, Insa Kummer
Stanford University Press

The third chapter focuses on the picaresque novel. Although the author of Lazarillo de Tormes, the first work of this genre, remains anonymous, the specifics of this text have repeatedly been interpreted with the author’s assumed Jewish or converso belonging in mind. The chapter offers a new interpretation of its literary form based on an archival discovery. These historical documents open up a new perspective on the first passage of Lazarillo de Tormes: One possible reading of the account given by the first-person narrator at the beginning of Lazarillo is that of a parody of the “genealogical information” which those suspected of being judaizante and those who applied for the appointment to or retention of a public office (which also included the office of town crier) had to submit to the Inquisition authorities.

Keywords:   Inquisition, Picaresque Novel, History and Literature

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