Rewritings, Sequels, and Cycles in Sixteenth-Century Castilian Romances of Chivalry

October 2017
210 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Monografias A
ISBN: 9781855663206
Format: Hardback
Tamesis Books
BISAC LIT004280, LIT011000

Rewritings, Sequels, and Cycles in Sixteenth-Century Castilian Romances of Chivalry

'Aquella inacabable aventura'

Daniel Gutiérrez Trápaga

Examines the importance of intertextuality, in particular hypertextuality, in the poetics of Castilian romances of chivalry.
Runner-up for the 2015 Publication Prize awarded by the Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland and the Spanish Embassy

Castilian romances of chivalry were the dominant form of fiction in Europe during the peak of the Spanish Empire in the the sixteenth century. Whilst the material traits of chivalric romances have been thoroughly studied, Don Quijote's shadow has often resulted in the neglect of the literary aspects and influence of the genre, thus hindering our understanding of Golden Age and Spanish fiction. Conversely, this book examines the literary transformation of the genre throughout the sixteenth century from the perspective of intertextuality. In particular, this book focuses on the literary practices central to the craft and development of the genre: the rewriting of previous romance, the writing of sequels, and the formation of narrative cycles. These three processes defined the poetics of the genre and set the bases and literary techniques for other fictional genres and works, including Don Quijote itself.

Daniel Gutiérrez Trápaga is Associate Professor in Research Methodologies (Hispanic Literature) at the Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

Table of Contents

From Arthur to Amadís: Medieval Romance Cycles and the Foundation of the libros de caballerías
After Montalvo: The Development of the Amadís Cycle
The Espejo de príncipes y caballeros Cycle

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