Miguel de Cervantes Essay - Miguel de Cervantes Short Fiction Analysis

Miguel de Cervantes Short Fiction Analysis

(Literary Essentials: Short Fiction Masterpieces)

Miguel de Cervantes’s models for Exemplary Novels were Giovanni Boccaccio and Matteo Bandello. There had been short fictions before in Cervantes’s work. “Meddlesome Curiosity” had been embodied in Don Quixote de la Mancha, as had “The Captive’s Tale,” and there had been short stories in La Galatea. The stories in Exemplary Novels were written to stand alone, neither to interrupt, however fruitfully, a longer narrative, nor to form part of a cycle. Novela in the Spanish of the time meant “deceit” or “happening” and only secondarily, and as a neologism, “short story”; thus the oxymoronic nature to Cervantes and his contemporaries of the title Exemplary...

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