The pícaro meets Don Quixote: The Spanish picaresque and the origins of the modern novel

Anne J. Cruz

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Abstract

Although literary critics have attributed to Cervantes' Don Quixote the title of the 'first modern novel', the genre's characteristics may be traced further back to the emergence in early modern Spain of the picaresque novel. The novel's combined verisimilitude and keen awareness of itself as a new generic form reflect its unstable modernity. It inherits this instability from the various phases of the narrative tradition, since the genre does not rise from one or two great texts, but from an experimental process consisting of different stages. The novel's potential for radical creativity ensures its continuous creation of new worlds.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)127-137+305
JournalStudies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century
Volume2007
Issue number10
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Sociology and Political Science

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