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Spanish Urban Life in the Late Fifteenth Century as Seen in Celestina

WithJohn Lihani

Celestina is a long dramatic masterpiece written in the last decade of the fifteenth century by Fernando de Rojas, then a precocious student at the University of Salamanca. It presents one of the most memorable pictures of a Spanish community that can be found anywhere in western literature. We here will consider some of the aspects of Spanish psychology and everyday lifestyles of the people that Rojas presented in this multifaceted, delightful depiction of love, greed, hypocrisy, sex, frustration, and death.