1st Edition

The Miscellany of the Spanish Golden Age A Literature of Fragments

By Jonathan David Bradbury Copyright 2017
    204 Pages
    by Routledge

    204 Pages
    by Routledge

    Taking up the invitation extended by tentative attempts over the past three decades to construct a functioning definition of the genre, Jonathan Bradbury traces the development of the vernacular miscellany in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spain and Spanish-America. In the first full-length study of this commercially successful and intellectually significant genre, Bradbury underlines the service performed by the miscellanists as disseminators of knowledge and information to a popular readership. His comprehensive analysis of the miscelánea corrects long-standing misconceptions, starting from its poorly-understood terminology, and erects divisions between it and other related genres. His work illuminates the relationship between the Golden Age Spanish miscellany and those of the classical world and humanist milieu, and illustrates how the vernacular tradition moved away from these forebears. Bradbury examines in particular the later inclusion of explicitly fictional components, such as poetic compositions and short prose fiction, alongside the vulgarisation of erudite or inaccessible prose material, which was the primary function of the earlier Spanish miscellanies. He tackles the flexibility of the miscelánea as a genre by assessing the conceptual, thematic and formal aspects of such works, and exploring the interaction of these features. As a result, a genre model emerges, through which Golden Age works with fragmentary and non-continuous contents can better be interpreted and classified.


    Chapter 1: Approaching Spanish Miscellaneity

    1.1 Introduction

    1.2 The Terminology of Spanish Miscellaneity

    1.3 The Antecedents of Spanish Miscellaneity

    1.4 The Values of a Genre Approach to Spanish Miscellaneity

    Chapter 2: Variety, Curiosity and Compilation

    2.1 Variety

    2.2 Men’s Curious Tastes

    2.3 Vulgarisation through Compilation

    Chapter 3: Knowledge, Authority and Themes

    3.1 Breadth and Depth of Knowledge

    3.2 Knowledge and Authority

    3.3 Themes of Spanish Miscellaneity

    Chapter 4: Macroforms of Spanish Miscellaneity

    4.1 The Conversation of Spanish Miscellaneity

    4.2 The Plain-prose Macroform

    4.3 The Epistolary Macroform

    4.4 The Dialogue Macroform

    4.5 The Frame-story Macroform

    Chapter 5: Microforms of Spanish Miscellaneity

    5.1 The ‘Varied Reading’ of the Spanish Miscellanies

    5.2 Poetry in the Spanish Miscellanies

    5.3 Short Prose Fiction in the Spanish Miscellanies

    Chapter 6: Conclusions and Future Directions

    6.1 Conclusions

    6.2 Future Avenues of Investigation


    Provisional Corpus of Golden Age Spanish Miscellanies (by year)

    Primary Works Cited

    Secondary Texts Cited


    Jonathan David Bradbury is Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at the University of Exeter, UK.