A History of the Spanish Novel

ISBN : 9780199641925

J. A. Garrido Ardila
416 Pages
158 x 238 mm
Pub date
May 2015
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The origins of the Spanish novel date back to the early picaresque novels and Don Quixote, in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and the history of the genre in Spain presents the reader with such iconic works as Galdos's Fortunata and Jacinta, Clarin's La Regenta, or Unamuno's Mist. A History of the Spanish Novel traces the developments of Spanish prose fiction in order to offer a comprehensive and detailed account of this important literary tradition. It opens with an introductory chapter that examines the evolution of the novel in Spain, with particular attention to the rise and emergence of the novel as a genre, during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and the bearing of Golden-Age fiction in later novelists of all periods. The introduction contextualises the Spanish novel in the circumstances and milestones of Spain's history, and in the wider setting of European literature. The volume is comprised of chapters presented diachronically, from the sixteenth to the twenty-first century and others concerned with specific traditions (the chivalric romance, the picaresque, the modernist novel, the avant-gardist novel) and with some of the most salient authors (Cervantes, Zayas, Galdos, and Baroja). A History of the Spanish Novel takes the reader across the centuries to reveal the captivating life of the Spanish novel tradition, in all its splendour, and its phenomenal contribution to Western literature.


A Concise Introduction to the History of the Spanish Novel
The Novel Before The Novel in Sixteenth-Century Spain
The Chivalric Romance in the Sixteenth Century
Roads Untaken: The Spanish Picaresque Novel
Consequences of Don Quixote: The Bearable Lightness of Cervantes's Influence
Spanish Fiction of the Seventeenth Century
The Fear and Fascination of Maria de Zayas
The Eighteenth Century Novel in Spain
The Romantic Historical Novel. A Case Study of Enrique Gil y Carrasco's El senor de Membibre
The Naturalist Novel in Spain: Nationalism, Morality, and Aesthetics
On the Matter of Inner Realism: Clarin's La Regenta and Galdos's Fortunata y Jacinta
The Works of Benito Perez Galdos
Quixotes and Chimeras in the Novels of Emilia Pardo Bazan
The Spanish Modernist Novel
The Novels of Pio Baroja
The Avant-Garde Novel: The Search for New Concepts of Aesthetic and Social Engagement
The Banquet Years of the Spanish Novel: By Invitation Only

About the author: 

J. A. Garrido Ardila is Professor of Modern Spanish and Comparative Literature at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of eight monographs and has edited multi-author volumes and Spanish classics. His work has centred on the Spanish novel of the Golden Age and the twentieth century, the Cervantean and picaresque traditions in England, and Scandinavian literature.

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