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The Origins of the Novel
This project, partly funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB), attempts to answer the question why prose fiction appears to have grown up in sixteenth-century Spain more vigorously, and
at an earlier date, than in other comparable European countries. The work has focused on two principal areas of enquiry: the
Spanish conquest of America and the many written accounts which ensued (see also under Discoveries); and the differences in print cultures between Protestant England and Catholic Spain (see also under Anglo-Spanish Literary Relations).
A manifesto for this work may be found in B.W. Ife, 'The literary impact of the New World: Columbus to Carrizales', Journal of the Institute of Romance Studies, 3 (1994-95), 65-85.1
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