The Evolution of the Pastoral Novel in Early Modern Spain

Arizona Studies in the Middle Ages and Renaissance (ASMAR), Vol. 25

The Evolution of the Pastoral Novel in Early Modern Spain

By Dominick Finello
2008 | 212 + xii pp. | 978-0-86698-401-0 | Hardcover 6 x 9 in
MRTS 353 | $42 | £50 |

This work recasts the role of the pastoral novel in the intellectual life of the Spanish after the initial impact of the Dianas. Spanish pastoral novels published from 1570 onward, the author claims, are crucial in reconstructing Spain’s intellectual history and modernity. Still to be discovered in its entirety, the Spanish pastoral novel was a springboard for literary academies and poetic competitions renewing Castilian poetics for the essential concerns of artistic reception, the conception of innovative generic forms, the power of the writer in a hierarchical society and, ultimately, the novel’s bold new sense of literary self-consciousness.


This is an excellent study of a central narrative genre in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries . . .
It will constitute a most valuable contribution to our understanding of the Spanish culture
in the Golden Age in the context of its antecedents and later developments.
—Isaías Lerner, The Graduate Center, City University of New York


This work is a monumental contribution to the field of pastoral poetry and prose . . .
It goes beyond what has already been written on the pastoral genre . . .
I believe it will be the standard text on the pastoral genre.
—Joseph Ricapito, Lousiana State University