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11.2 Para uma «classificação genológica» das formas narrativas de ficção do período barroco

Micaela Ramon


Fictional narrative prose from baroque Portuguese authors raises a set of problems among which stands the question of genologic classification of texts produced at the time. In the frame of narrative literature of 17th and 18th centuries, words as “romance” (romance), “novela” (novel) and “conto” (tale) were used in a doubtful and assystematic way which had also, and above all, different meanings from those that they assume nowadays. Further, the word “novela” was then rejected because of its association with delectare instead of  docere. This paper will discuss the questions above starting from the analysis of texts an paratexts produced during the baroque period.


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