Iberian Chivalric Romance: Translations and Cultural Transmission in Early Modern England

Edited by Leticia Álvarez-Recio

© 2020

This collection of essays analyses the publication and reception history of sixteenth-century Iberian books of chivalry in English translation in early modern England. A comprehensive introduction explains the subject, its importance for the study of early modern fiction writing in general, and the state of Anglo-Spanish literary relations at the time. Various contributors consider the impact of the Iberian chivalric writing on other contemporary genres, such as native English romance, letter-writing, and chronicle, and explore the influence of translations in English prose fiction from the 1590s up to the mid-seventeenth century.

The volume delves into Anthony Munday’s role in the literary book market, approaching some of his most representative translations – Amadis, Palmendos, Primaleon of Greece, and Palmerin of England – and examining the contribution of these works to early modern cultural debates on sexuality, marriage, female individualism, colonialism, and religious controversy.

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  • Series: Toronto Iberic
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  • Page Count: 296 pages
  • Illustrations: 2
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.0in x 9.3in
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Giving translations of Iberian chivalric Romance a centrality they have never before received, this collection explores their impact on Elizabethan culture and influence on other contemporary genres.

Iberian Chivalric Romance: Translations and Cultural Transmission in Early Modern England

Edited by Leticia Álvarez-Recio

© 2020

This collection of essays analyses the publication and reception history of sixteenth-century Iberian books of chivalry in English translation in early modern England. A comprehensive introduction explains the subject, its importance for the study of early modern fiction writing in general, and the state of Anglo-Spanish literary relations at the time. Various contributors consider the impact of the Iberian chivalric writing on other contemporary genres, such as native English romance, letter-writing, and chronicle, and explore the influence of translations in English prose fiction from the 1590s up to the mid-seventeenth century.

The volume delves into Anthony Munday’s role in the literary book market, approaching some of his most representative translations – Amadis, Palmendos, Primaleon of Greece, and Palmerin of England – and examining the contribution of these works to early modern cultural debates on sexuality, marriage, female individualism, colonialism, and religious controversy.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Toronto Iberic
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 296 pages
  • Illustrations: 2
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.0in x 9.3in
  • Reviews

    “This book offers a much needed and long-awaited systematic exploration of a paramount literary genre of early modern fiction in England: Iberian chivalric romances. This collective volume sets the foundations of future research regarding the genre, as its chapters show manifold approaches to the subject, including literary, translation, gender, and cultural studies, as well as book and material history. These perspectives underscore the importance and complexity of Iberian chivalric romances in England. This book will prove useful to scholars working on Golden Age Iberian literature and Elizabethan and Jacobean English literature alike, whether they are interested in the Amadís and Palmerín cycle, the central role of Anthony Munday in the literary book market, or issues regarding rhetoric, gender, religion, or empire.”
    Daniel Gutiérrez Trápaga, Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

    “This volume makes the case that Iberian romances were transformative and engaged, traveling across landscapes shaped by transnational traffic and the international book market, addressing the global transformation of the early modern world, reflecting on colonialism, clandestine marriage, and female sexuality, and carving out a space beyond state and family – a radicalism and interest poorly repaid by their place in university curricula and literary histories today. The uniformly high quality of this important and original collection will transform the field and place Iberian romance where it should be – at the heart of the story of early modern Europe’s literary culture.”
    Alexander Samson, Early Modern Studies, University College London
  • Author Information

    Leticia Álvarez-Recio is a Doctor in English Philology at the University of Seville.
  • Table of contents

    Acknowledgments
    Abbreviations

    Introduction: The Iberian Books of Chivalry in English Translation
    Leticia Álvarez-Recio

    Part One: Iberian Chivalric Romance in the Early Modern English Book Trade

    1. The Publication of Chivalric Romances in England, 1570–1603
    Jordi Sánchez-Martí

    Part Two: Iberian Chivalric Romance in Anthony Munday’s Translation: Case Studies on Early Modern English Culture and Ideology

    2. Sir Francis Drake: Conquest and Colonization in Anthony Munday’s Palmendos (1589)
    Leticia Álvarez-Recio

    3. The Portrait of the Femme Sole in Anthony Munday’s The First Book of Primaleon of Greece
    María Beatriz Hernández Pérez

    4. “Such maner of stuff”: Translating Material London in Anthony Munday’s Palmerin of England
    Louise Wilson

    Part Three: The Impact of Iberian Chivalric Literature on English Literature

    5. The Rhetoric of Letter Writing: The Amadís de Gaula in Translation
    Rocío G. Sumillera

    6. Philosophizing the Amadís Cycle: Feliciano de Silva, Jacques Gohory, and Philip Sidney
    Timothy D. Crowley

    7. Portuguese and Spanish Arthuriana: The Case for Munday’s Cosmopolitanism
    Elizabeth Evenden-Kenyon

    8. Anthony Munday, Romance Translations, and History Writing: Church Rights, Toleration, and the Unity of Christendom, 1609–1633
    Donna B. Hamilton

    Part Four: The Impact of Iberian Chivalric Romance on English Prose Fiction

    9. Iberian Chivalric Romance and the Formation of Fiction in Early Modern England
    Goran Stanivukovic

    10. La Celestina and the Reception of Spanish Literature in England
    Helen Cooper

    Afterword by Alex Davis

    Contributors
    Index

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