WLIT-Picaresque Lecture

WLIT-Picaresque Lecture - Themes Motifs and General...

Info icon This preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Themes, Motifs, and General Characteristics of the Picaresque Narrative 1. Social Change and Romantic Misoneism Rowland Sherrill, in Road Book America: Contemporary Culture and the New Picaresque , suggests that the picaresque genre arises as a response to times of social, political, and economic upheaval. Spain, in the time of Lazarillo de Tormes , was in a state of vast upheaval: increasing power of merchant class, increasing scientific discoveries invalidating old faiths, increasing rural to urban migrations, etc. In short, the medieval worldview couldn’t hold. Literature, ranging from chivalric romances to morality plays, erupted in a type of misoneistic response attempting to reinforce the older ideologies. The picaresque was initially a reaction to what could be referred to as a knee- jerk propaganda, but was also an effort to understand, or as Sherrill would say, catalogue, this new social terrain. Rural peasants flooded cities, causing problems for the middle and upper classes, creating low classes full of poverty, crime, hunger, etc. Constant conflict between nations and even regions marked the time period.
Image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

{[ snackBarMessage ]}

What students are saying

  • Left Quote Icon

    As a current student on this bumpy collegiate pathway, I stumbled upon Course Hero, where I can find study resources for nearly all my courses, get online help from tutors 24/7, and even share my old projects, papers, and lecture notes with other students.

    Student Picture

    Kiran Temple University Fox School of Business ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer. It’s truly become something I can always rely on and help me. In the end, I was not only able to survive summer classes, but I was able to thrive thanks to Course Hero.

    Student Picture

    Dana University of Pennsylvania ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    The ability to access any university’s resources through Course Hero proved invaluable in my case. I was behind on Tulane coursework and actually used UCLA’s materials to help me move forward and get everything together on time.

    Student Picture

    Jill Tulane University ‘16, Course Hero Intern