• A Subject in Allegorical Clothing: The Case of ‘el maldiciente Clodio’ in Los trabajos de Persiles y Sigismunda

    Author(s):
    Timothy McCallister (see profile)
    Date:
    2021
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/wqv3-0r73
    Abstract:
    This article considers the relationship between allegorical personification and literary subjectivity in Miguel de Cervantes’s Los trabajos de Persiles y Sigismunda (1617). Although previous scholarship has recognized the allegorical qualities of the character Clodio, a slanderer par excellence, these qualities have been seen as incompatible with his marked inner life. I begin by clarifying the understanding of speech vices in seventeenth-century Spain as a single vice measured by speech’s harmful effect. I then draw from philosophical and psychological studies on self-knowledge to argue that Clodio’s subjectivity is a function of his allegorical nature. His status as a personification of the speech vices gives rise to the introspection and agency that characterize him.
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