The word 'N.' derives from the Italian novella ('short story'), but in 16th-cent. English it came to denote longer fictional works, which had hitherto been called 'romances'. This did not happen in other European languages (cf. modern German Roman, French roman etc., 'novel'). The two English terms coexist uneasily, with distinction between them sometimes blurred. Unlike other narrative forms of ancient origin, the European novels and romances of the early modern period neither imitated clearly-defined models nor followed es…
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Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism
, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2017). Original German-language edition: Renaissance-Humanismus. Herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 9. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2014).
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