Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism

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Short prose
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A. Definition

The term S. (or short epic, short narrative, minor prose, etc.) denotes the short narrative texts that tended, even sometimes in Antiquity, to be collected into anthologies. It thus covers a wide range of genres, e.g. exempla, so-called preachers' homilies (Predigtmärlein), stories/histories, proverbs, farces, Schwänke, fables, facetiae and novellas. Boundaries of genre are fluid and impossible to define with exactitude, for an awareness of the (not functionally determined) text type of 'prose' only came about through the influence of the Humanist writers [35.8].…

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Jerke, Tina (Gießen), “Short prose”, in: 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). Consulted online on 21 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps8_SIM_004919>
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