Tristán the sacristan in Cervantes' Los baños de Argel: a Cervantine gracioso? Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
  • Wasson, Joshua Shaw
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Romance Studies
  • Los baños de Argel (1615) is but one of many works that include a sacristan, a character that has appeared in humanist satires, comedias nuevas, and treatro breve, and which over time had become a stock character. This study examines how Cervantes takes the sacristan and manipulates that character's conventional traits to create humor in Los baños de Argel's Tristán. To accomplish that goal, the paper explores the development of the sacristan in earlier Spanish texts before it examines Cervantes' innovative reworking of the character in the abovementioned comedia. In addition, this essay examines the function of Tristán in relation to the role of the gracioso in the comedia nueva and allows us to conclude that Tristán should be considered a gracioso but a la cervantina.
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  • "... in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in the Department of Romance Languages (Spanish)."
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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