Bulletin of Hispanic Studies

R. A. Preto-Rodas, "Francisco Rodrigues Lobo: Dialogue and Courtly Lore in Renaissance Portugal" (Book Review)

Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (1973), 50, (4), 415


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REVIEWS OF BOOKS 415 the only extant manuscript of this work. The editor's aim has been to produce a 'faithful yet readable text', thus placing it within the reach of readers with a knowledge of modern Portuguese, and he has limited spelling changes and other emendations strictly to that purpose. After summarizing the text in English, Mr Sharpe provides a linguistic study covering all the points which differ from modern Portuguese. This survey aims to do no more than present a composite picture of the linguistic features of the text, and is for the most part at surface level only. This accounts for formulations which may seem a little perfunctory or 'back-tofront' to the philologist: e.g. 'e for a in the preposition pera' (included, strangely, in the section on stressed vowels). Where some explanation is included, one cannot always accept this with confidence. In the verb farrar, quoted as an example of assimilation, e > a (the textual form being carres, p. 105), the opening of the vowel could well be explained by the effect of the following consonant. The II of todollos and polio is attributed to the doubling of l, 'where the etymology requires it', with no mention of the lengthening of the consonant due to assimilation of s or r. Some comments on the placing of pronoun objects seem to stem from either too rigid a conception of normal practice in modern Portuguese or familiarity with Brazilian norms rather than European ones. One's main concern, however, is with the text itself, and here the sensible criteria mentioned above have resulted in a reproduction which is admirably clear and yet free from unnecessary modernization. Misprints are few. In addition to the notes, in which scribal errors and other manuscript forms emended in the text are listed, the editor supplies a useful table of proper names and a glossary. DOROTHY M. ATKINSON Birmingham. A. PRETO-RoDAS, Francisco Rodrigues Lobo: Dialogue and Courtly Lore in Renaissance Portugal. University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill. 1971. 189 pp. $5.00. RICHARD Mr. Prete-Rodas's book is to be welcomed as the only full-length study of Corte na Aldeia (1619), Rodrigues Lobo's collection of prose dialogues on subjects connected with courtly life, for, despite its title, his book is more than two-thirds concerned with this work. His approach to it, through a study of its use of the dialogue form, is purely literary, but produces interesting results, for he is aware, rightly, that in Corte na Aldeia 'there is a close relation between dialogue and discursive thought' Copyright (c) 2004 ProQuest Information and Learning Company Copyright (c) Liverpool University Press

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EARLE, T. F.