The Invention of the Sequel

The Invention of the Sequel

Expanding Prose Fiction in Early Modern Spain

William H. Hinrichs

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Tamesis Books

Overview

Overview

This book proposes a new way of tracing the history of the Early Modern Spanish novel through the prism of literary continuation. It identifies and examines the Golden Age narratives that invented the sequel and the narrative genres that the sequel in turn invented. It defines the sequel's forms and functions, filling a major gap in literary theory in general and Peninsular literary studies in particular.
This book proposes a new way of tracing the history of the Early Modern Spanish novel through the prism of literary continuation. It identifies and examines the Golden Age narratives that invented the sequel and the narrative genres that the sequel in turn invented.
The author explores the rivalries between apocryphal and authorized sequelists that forged modern notions of authorship and authorial property. The book also defines the sequel's forms and functions, filling a major gap in literary theory in general and Peninsular literary studies in particular. Notably, the author demonstrates that the sequel develops first and foremost in Early Modern Spain, an unacknowledged and unexamined contribution to Western letters. With its panoramic scope, this study serves as an introduction to the central novelistic genres and texts of Early Modern Spain. From this foundational starting point, it also offers a general framework for understanding imaginative expansion in subsequent time periods and literary traditions.
William H. Hinrichs is a founding faculty member and Assistant Professor of Modern Languages at Bard High School Early College, Queens.

Details

November 2011
260 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Monografias A
ISBN: 9781855662322
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
Tamesis Books
BIC DSBD, 1DSE, 2AB, 3JB
BISAC LIT004280, LIT019000, LIT020000
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Table of Contents

The Birth of the Sequel: The Celestina's Maculate Conception
From Knights Errant to Errant Women: The Sequels of Feliciano de Silva
A Cannon Shot from the Margins: The Segundo Lazarillo's Unexamined Role in the Story of the Sequel and the Picaresque
The Author Strikes Back: Alemán's Picaresque Revenge
From the Galatea to the Quijote: Cervantes' Quest for Closure

Reviews

Bravo for this book ... This book, through a series of carefully chosen and beautifully studied cases, combines impeccable research with intelligent close reading. BULLETIN OF SPANISH STUDIES

Hinrichs's analysis of the sequel is both readable and well researched, providing a wealth of information to scholars and students especially in the discussion of little known works. It is also illuminative in both the questions it raises as well as the answers it provides. RENAISSANCE QUARTERLY

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