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Zayde: A Spanish Romance

Marie-Madeleine Lafayette


Standing at the critical juncture between traditional romance and early novelistic realism, Zayde is both the swan song of a literary tradition nearly two thousand years old and a harbinger of the modern psychological novel. It unfolds during the long medieval struggle between Christians and Muslims for control of the Iberian Peninsula; Madame de Lafayette (1634–93) takes the reader on a Mediterranean tour typical of classical and seventeenth-century romances—from Catalonia to Cyprus and back again—with battles, prophecies, and shipwrecks dotting the crisscrossed paths of the book's noble love ... More

Keywords: traditional romance, early novelistic realism, psychological novel, medieval struggle, Christians, Muslims, Iberian Peninsula, Madame de Lafayette, Mediterranean, seventeenth-century romances

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Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780226468518
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226468440.001.0001


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Marie-Madeleine Lafayette, author

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