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The Picaresque Novel in Western Literature
From the Sixteenth Century to the Neopicaresque


J. A. Garrido Ardila, Alexander Samson, Howard Mancing, Enrique García Santo-Tomás, Edward H. Friedman, Chad M. Gasta, Brean Hammond, Jenny Mander, Helen Watanabe-O'Kelly, Marcia A. Morris, Erik Camayd-Freixas, Shelley Godsland
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  • Date Published: May 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107031654

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  • Since the sixteenth century, Western literature has produced picaresque novels penned by authors across Europe, from Alemán, Cervantes, Lesage and Defoe to Cela and Mann. Contemporary authors of neopicaresque are renewing this traditional form to express twenty-first-century concerns. Notwithstanding its major contribution to literary history, as one of the founding forms of the modern novel, the picaresque remains a controversial literary category, and its definition is still much contested. The Picaresque Novel in Western Literature examines the development of the picaresque, chronologically and geographically, from its origins in sixteenth-century Spain to the neopicaresque in Europe and the United States.

    • A comprehensive overview of the development of the picaresque genre across Western literatures, including Spain, England, France, Germany, Russia, and Latin America
    • The introduction examines the contentious issue of the definition of the picaresque and proposes new ways to understand the genre
    • Chapters provide a chronology of the picaresque from the precursors of the genre in Classical Rome and sixteenth-century Europe to the neopicaresque in the twentieth century
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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2015
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107031654
    • length: 285 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.55kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Origins and definition of the picaresque genre J. A. Garrido Ardila
    2. Lazarillo de Tormes and the dream of a world without poverty Alexander Samson
    3. Guzmán de Alfarache and after: the Spanish picaresque novel in the seventeenth century Howard Mancing
    4. The Spanish female picaresque Enrique García Santo-Tomás
    5. The Baroque picaro: Francisco de Quevedo's Buscón Edward H. Friedman
    6. Cervantes and the picaresque: a question of compatibility Chad M. Gasta
    7. The picaresque novel and the rise of the English novel: from Baldwin and Delony to Defoe and Smollett J. A. Garrido Ardila
    8. Defoe and the picaresque Brean Hammond
    9. Picaresque itineraries in the eighteenth-century French novel Jenny Mander
    10. The picaro as narrator, writer and reader: the novels of Hans Jakob von Grimmelshausen Helen Watanabe-O'Kelly
    11. Russia: the picaresque repackaged Marcia A. Morris
    12. Riches to rags: from epic to picaresque at the colonial origins of the Latin American novel Erik Camayd-Freixas
    13. The neopicaresque. The picaresque myth in the twentieth-century novel Shelley Godsland.

  • Editor

    J. A. Garrido Ardila, University of Edinburgh
    J. A. Garrido Ardila is Professor of Modern Spanish and Comparative Literature at the University of Edinburgh. He is author of El género picaresco en la crítica literaria (2008), Novela picaresca en Europa, 1554–1753 (2009), and, most recently, author of Cervantes en Inglaterra, 2nd edition (2013) and editor of Textos del desastre: la última gran crisis (1898) (2013).


    J. A. Garrido Ardila, Alexander Samson, Howard Mancing, Enrique García Santo-Tomás, Edward H. Friedman, Chad M. Gasta, Brean Hammond, Jenny Mander, Helen Watanabe-O'Kelly, Marcia A. Morris, Erik Camayd-Freixas, Shelley Godsland

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