La Celestina (1499), attributed to Fernando de Rojas, is a tragicomedy written entirely in dialogue. The plot involves two lovers whose illicit affair, brokered by the female criminal mastermind Celestina, results in their deaths and the deaths of nearly every other important character. The title character practices witchcraft and profits from matchmaking, procuring, and casting spells for money. Long misunderstood as a romantic work, modern scholars now view La Celestina as a parody of courtly love and medieval moral discourse, set in a hypocritical society dominated by lust and greed. Prior to class, students should read the Penguin Classics 2009 edition, ISBN 978-0-14-310609-8, translated by Peter Bush, available in paperback on Amazon.