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Bad Moon Rising: Lycanthropy and Liminality in Cervantes's “El coloquio de los perros”
Romance Quarterly (2014)
  • Bruce R Burningham
Abstract
Among the three possible explanations for Cipión and Berganza's sudden and unexpected power of speech in Cervantes's “El coloquio de los perros” is the suggestion that these two characters are actually the progeny of a witch and that they have been cursed to live as dogs until such time as they revert to their human form. Through an examination of the history of lycanthropy and cynocephaly in European mythology, this essay traces the lycanthropic foundations of “El casamiento engañoso” and “El coloquio de los perros” and explores Cervantes's talking dogs as a metaphor for hybridity, liminality, and contamination within the context of early modern Iberian anxieties about “pureza de sangre.”
Keywords
  • Freud,
  • hybridity,
  • lycanthropy,
  • pureza de sangre,
  • Wolf Man
Disciplines
Publication Date
January 1, 2014
DOI
10.1080/08831157.2014.878637
Citation Information
Burningham, B. R. (January 01, 2014). Bad Moon Rising: Lycanthropy and Liminality in Cervantes's “El coloquio de los perros”. Romance Quarterly, 61, 2, 138-150.