Nostalgia for the Cervantes–Shakespeare Link: Charles David Ley’s <i>Historia de Cardenio</i>

Ángel-Luis Pujante

in The Quest for Cardenio

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199641819
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191749025 | DOI:
Nostalgia for the Cervantes–Shakespeare Link: Charles David Ley’s Historia de Cardenio

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This chapter examines the changes effected in the Spanish translation of Double Falsehood (1987, repr. 2007) by its translator Charles David Ley. On the one hand, Ley replaced the Theobald title with that of Historia de Cardenio (by Shakespeare and Fletcher) and went back to Cervantes for the original names of the characters. On the other, he questioned some aspects of Theobald’s text and altered some passages in his rendering, mainly in the form of substitution and suppression of Theobald’s supposed additions to the lost original. All these textual changes — which are compared with those made by Gary Taylor in his reconstruction of The History of Cardenio — suggest how Ley’s personal interest in, and empathy with, the lost play led him to attempt to recover it, however minimally.

Keywords: Cardenio; Double Falsehood; Shakespeare; Spanish translation; editing; textual reconstruction; literary influence; Charles David Ley; Gary Taylor

Chapter.  4589 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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