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Le "Libro del caballero Zifar", premier récit chevaleresque castillan

Abstract : After a presentation of the Libro del Caballero Zifar, its production context and the characteristics of its distribution, this article focuses on this work as the first romance of chivalric adventures in Castilian. The fact that this book is a proto-romance of Chivalry, the starting point of a long textual tradition culminating in Don Quixote, makes it what the author calls a “transitional romance” straddling the discursive forms in vogue in Castile in the 13th and 14th centuries –such as hagiographic literature and didactic literature based on exampla and sententiae– and new narrative forms freshly adapted from French models directly linked to chivalric literature of the Arthurian type. Thus, Zifar is a work that is certainly hybrid but which opens the door to a totally new and meaningful way of making literature.Key words: Libro del Caballero Zifar, chivalric romance, hagiographic literature, didactic literature, transitional romance
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Carlos Heusch. Le "Libro del caballero Zifar", premier récit chevaleresque castillan. Tirant (Butlletí informatiu i bibliogràfic de literatura de cavalleries), Universitat de València, 2019, Don Quichotte avant Don Quichotte ? Les récits de chevalerie du XIVe au XVIe s. en France, Italie et Espagne: production et réception (éds.) Michelle Szkilnik et Catherine Croizy-Naquet, 22, pp.33-42. ⟨halshs-02433570⟩



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