To hell with Christ!, the Gospel, according to Lazarillo: parodia sacra & picaresque signifying on the novel as genre Public Deposited

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  • Belton, Andrew R.
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of English and Comparative Literature
  • This thesis looks at an anonymously-authored work of early modern Spanish prose fiction, namely La vida de Lazarillo de Tormes, y de sus fortunas y adversidades (The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes: his Fortunes and Misfortunes). It makes the argument that Lazarillo, as a progenitor-text for the picaresque and novelistic traditions, initiates the use of intertextual signifying and the play of the parodic as an imaginative practice that will come to define twentieth century notions of the novel as a generic form with identifiable techniques. Major portions of this essay read parody as it functions within the text, both thematically and structurally; applying Bakhtinian notions of parodia sacra to discuss methodology, form and the construction of meaning within the work.
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