Book Announcement: Brief Forms in Medieval and Renaissance Hispanic Literature

Brief Forms in Medieval and Renaissance Hispanic Literature now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Hardback, pp220, £61.99 / $104.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Brief Forms in Medieval and Renaissance Hispanic Literature, edited by Barry Taylor and Alejandro Coroleu.

The studies gathered in this volume engage in different ways with the ideas of André Jolles (1874–1946), whose Einfache Formen (“Simple Forms”) was first published in 1930. Trained as an anthropologist, Jolles argued that these “simple” forms – Legende (legend), Sage (saga), Mythe (myth), Rätsel (riddle), Spruch (proverb), Kasus (case), Memorabile (memorable action), Märchen (folk or fairy tale) and Witz (joke or witticism) – which had circulated at a very early stage of human culture underlay the more sophisticated genres of literature. Unlike epic or tragedy, many of the simple forms are not theorised in classical rhetoric. The essays presented here focus on their reception in Hispanic culture from the Middle Ages to circa 1650. As such, the book will be of interest to scholars of medieval and early modern Spanish, Catalan and Latin literature. It will also appeal to historians of Humanismm as well as scholars working on classical and Renaissance literary theory.

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About the Editors

Barry Taylor is Curator of Hispanic Printed Collections at the British Library. He has published on aspects of the classical tradition in Spain and Portugal. Together with Alejandro Coroleu he edited the volume Humanism and Christian Letters in Early Modern Iberia (2010), and he has also contributed articles on brief forms to La Corónica and the Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, and to the Història de la literatura catalana (2014).

Alejandro Coroleu is ICREA Research Professor at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He has written extensively on Neo-Latin literature and Humanism in Spain, including the book Printing and Reading Italian Latin Humanism in Renaissance Europe, ca. 1480 – ca. 1540 (2014). He is also the author of a Catalan translation of Lorenzo Valla’s De falso credita et ementita Constantini donatione, published in 2012.

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