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Despite the 174 years that have passed since its abolition, the Spanish Inquisition continues to grip the popular imagination. Chapter 1 of this book talks about "Policing Printed Matter," and demonstrates, the Inquisition and state divided responsibilities for these matters early on, but neither performed their designated tasks with great efficiency. While a number of banned texts entered Spain covertly from abroad, Chapter 2,suggests that these illicitly dispersed works were not the only means of circulation of forbidden texts. The "Discordant Voices in the Inquisition" are discussed in Chapter 3, become more comprehensible. Chapter 4, "Sending Mixed Signals: Gracián and the Didactic Tradition," concludes that in Agudeza y arte de ingenio, Gracián does not emphasize the instructive potential of allegory, the emblem and the framed tale. The final chapters talk about "Landing on la isla de la Inmortalidad" "Thee Reader's Journey" and "The Jesuit Subtext".

Keywords: Inquisition; Jesuit Subtext; Spain

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