By David R. Castillo
The time period anamorphosis, from the greek ana (again) and morphe (shape), designates quite a few viewpoint experiments that may be traced again to the creative advancements of the 1500's and 1600's. Anamorphic units problem audience to event diverse kinds of perceptual oscillation and uncertainty. pictures shift in entrance of the eyes of wondered spectators as they circulate from the heart of the illustration to the margins, or from one aspect to the opposite. (A) Wry perspectives demonstrates that a lot of the literature of the Spanish Golden Age is vulnerable, and certainly calls for, indirect readings (as in anamorphosis).
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Similarly, the house rented by the squire is presented through the eyes of Lázaro as lacking space: “Todo lo que yo había visto eran paredes, sin ver en ella silleta, ni tajo, ni banco, ni mesa, ni aun tal arcaz como el de marras” (153). Lázaro accounts for “what there is in the picture” by stating “what the picture lacks,” that is, by revealing the absence of the objects of his desire. 9 This explains why the narrator does not provide physical descriptions of the characters who appear in the text, with the notable exception of the squire, whose physical presence and attire are inextricably tied to his desire for recognition.
El malo pierde la vida, recibe castigos, padece afrentas, dejando a los que lo ven ejemplo en ellas. (2: 40) Not surprisingly Alemán’s contemporary, Luis de Valdés—the author of the “Elogio” to the second part—sees the novel as a morally edifying work that encourages the sinful reader to repudiate vices while showing everyone how to govern themselves: “merece [Alemán] de todos dignas alabanzas, pues lo conocemos por el primero que hasta hoy con estilo semejante ha sabido descomulgar los vicios […] enseñando sus obras cómo sepamos gobernar las nuestras […]” (2: 24).
It could be said that Lázaro is especially concerned with those structures of desire that are hidden behind the Law. As El Saffar puts it: “From the top of the social structure to the bottom occupied by the town-crier Lázaro, the truth about desire and the structures designed to silence it are the same. Lázaro, 32 Anamorphic Perspective in Lazarillo with his life story, lays bare the rule of desire within the Law” (“The Prodigal” 29). More importantly, the reader’s desire and his or her biases are also caught in this anamorphic web.
(A)wry views: Anamorphosis, Cervantes, and the early picaresque by David R. Castillo