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Amadis in English: A Study in the Reading of Romance

Helen Moore


This is a book about readers: readers reading, and readers writing. They are readers of all ages and from all ages: young and old, male and female, from Europe and the Americas. The book they are reading is the Spanish chivalric romance known in English as Amadis de Gaule. Famous throughout the sixteenth century as the pinnacle of its fictional genre, the cultural functions of Amadis were further elaborated by the publication of Cervantes’s Don Quixote in 1605, in which Amadis features as Quixote’s favourite book. Amadis thereby becomes, as the philosopher Ortega y Gasset terms it, ‘enclosed’ ... More

Keywords: Don Quixote, Amadis de Gaule, history of reading, transnationality, novel and romance, reception, literary history, Spanish literature, French literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198832423
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198832423.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Helen Moore, author
President, Corpus Christi College, Oxford and Associate Professor, Faculty of English, University of Oxford