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Converso "Voices" In Fifteenth- And Sixteenth-Century Spanish Literature

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What do we mean by "Converso voice"? Do we hear this "voice" in the work of a known convert with a specific point of view, or in that of a spokesperson for Conversos, who advocates equal treatment for them? Is it perhaps the voice of a writer of suspected Jewish origin, whose work reflects Converso concerns? This chapter contends that all of the above are valid Converso voices. It considers six writers, whose works span the period from the mid-fifteenth to the mid-sixteenth centuries. Writing in Spanish but living in Spain, Portugal and Italy, their works reveal the variety of the Converso voices. The authors selected: Antón de Montoro, Juan del Encina, Lucas Fernández, Diego Sánchez de Badajoz, Bartolomé de Torres Naharro and Gil Vicente, each in his own way reflects the hopes, fears and anxieties of Conversos of his time and place.

Keywords: Antón de Montoro; Bartolomé de Torres Naharro; Converso voice; Diego Sánchez de Badajoz; Gil Vicente; Juan del Encina; Lucas Fernández; Spain



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