The Invention of the Sequel: Expanding Prose Fiction in Early Modern Spain

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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 ...
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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. 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.
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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781855662322
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/17/2011
  • Series: Monograf√≠as A, #299
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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  • Posted March 30, 2013

    This piece is a really great study of sequels and continuations

    This piece is a really great study of sequels and continuations within the Golden Age.  It specifically looks at their relative importance and the scope that they cover.  It covers many of the interesting genres of the Golden Age.

    This is the age where they took the necessary steps to create the modern novel, evolving into Don Quixote.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2012

    Best guide to Golden Age narrative that I've read. Would work g

    Best guide to Golden Age narrative that I've read. Would work great in the comp lit classroom, too.

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