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Capturing the Picaro in Words discusses the framing of the transient marginals of early modern Madrid in the literary picaro. It compares the perceptions of constables, shopkeepers, and criminals, to those of mass-produced literary representations, and argues that the literary representations "displaced" the picaro, assigning the marginals different places in the literary texts in order to centralise the problem of urban vagrancy. The texts "spanished" the picaro, thus establishing the image of a culturally homogenous group; and lastly, "silenced" the picaro, under-representing the power marginals in the city derived from their knowledge of the information flows in the city.

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