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Juan Ruiz de Alarcon: Disability and Dissonance en Golden Age Spain

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Gloria Jeanne Bodtorf Clark

Penn State Captital College
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There was a silence in Spain when Juan Ruíz de Alarcón y Mendoza died. While it was reported that Lope de Vega’s funeral had lasted for nine days, there is only one notice of Alarcón’s death, printed in the August 9, 1639 issue of Avisos históricos, by José de Pellicer y Tovar: “Murió don Juan de Alarcón, poeta famoso así por sus comedias como por sus corcovas” (Castro Leal 52-3) (Don Juan de Alarcón died, a poet as famous for his plays as for his humps). Even in death, Alarcón was not able to escape a corporeal tie to his work. One interpretation of the death notice in Avisos históricos might be that it frankly told it like it was; Alarcón was famous in Spanish society for his plays and his humps. People who knew him had difficulty separating his strong physical presence from his literary production, as evidenced by many references to his disability. There was always a dynamic in his life that was fueled by his physical condition. He was at all times subject to the attitudes, customs, and prejudices of the society around him. Studying his disability and its effect on his relationship to society yields a better understanding of this enigmatic writer and his literary production.
How to Cite: Bodtorf Clark, G.J., (2007). Juan Ruiz de Alarcon: Disability and Dissonance en Golden Age Spain. Middle Atlantic Review of Latin American Studies. 17(1), pp.1–12. DOI: http://doi.org/10.23870/43
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Published on 01 Jan 2007.
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