A preliminary study of selected themes in the Amadis

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Lee Vernon Douglas (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
George McSpadden

Abstract: The purpose of this study is to investigate selected themes in the Amadís with a view to comparing this work later with Cervantes' Don Quijote. The Amadís is the finest work to emerge in Spain during the process of change from the heroic epic to the romance of chivalry. This change began in the twelfth century and has to some degree Influenced the form of the novel ever since. It was, in effect, the beginning of the modern art of novel writing.1 Topics were no longer prescribed, although at first the romance was based on chronicles and popular tradition. Almost all authors claimed historical authenticity, but their primary aim was to entertain the public, and they seldom made great effort to separate fact from fiction. Gradually the romance moved farther from historical fact until it made little or no pretense of anything but entertainment. This was a radical departure from the epic age that had preceded it. The romance's treatment of love and jealousy has directly influenced the form of the modern novel. When the romance turned from epic literature, it introduced more shallow, stereotyped characters.

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Language: English
Date: 1975
Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de, $d 1546-1616. $t Don Quixote
Amadi´s de Gaula (Spanish romance)

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