The Fortunes of the Novel: A Study in the Transposition of a Genre

The Fortunes of the Novel: A Study in the Transposition of a Genre

by Robert Ter Horst
     
 

ISBN-10: 0820444367

ISBN-13: 9780820444369

Pub. Date: 06/28/2001

Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc.

The Fortunes of the Novel examines the early emergence of the novel as a genre in Spain and its subsequent rise in England. Until the sixteenth century, poetic space had never been occupied by material concerns such as hunger, which had, in fact, been disvalued and rigorously excluded from literature. The consequent combat between poetic anti-material

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The Fortunes of the Novel examines the early emergence of the novel as a genre in Spain and its subsequent rise in England. Until the sixteenth century, poetic space had never been occupied by material concerns such as hunger, which had, in fact, been disvalued and rigorously excluded from literature. The consequent combat between poetic anti-material morality and an almost irresistible new economic motivation played itself out in Spain in a great preparatory triad composed of Lazarillo de Tormes, Alemán’s Guzmán de Alfarache, and Cervantes’ La gitanilla. The novel floundered as a result of undercapitalization, but was revived in England by Daniel Defoe’s transposition of the Hispanic fictive inheritance. Ultimately, Walter Scott was the one to establish the novel as a genre that is legally conveyable and inheritable, and passed it on to Dickens, who, in Our Mutual Friend, finally produced a sufficient capital that is both poetic and good.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820444369
Publisher:
Peter Lang Publishing Inc.
Publication date:
06/28/2001
Series:
Studies on Cervantes and His Times, #8
Pages:
303
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Poetics and Economics1
1From Lyric to Narrative: A Common Feminine Subtext15
2The Lazarillo and Female Narrative Sustenance19
3Guzman de Alfarache and the Licitness of Desire49
4Une Saison en enfer: La gitanilla91
5Cervantes and the Paternity of the English Novel131
6The Fiction of Daniel Defoe143
7Scott, the Great Conveyancer: The Exemplum of Rob-Roy205
8Dickens: The English Quevedo: Prefacing Our Mutual Friend243
Conclusion287
Bibliography291
Index299

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