The Evolution of the Pastoral Novel in Early-Modern
Spain refreshes and broadens our contemporary view of the
intellectual and literary history of Golden Age Spain.
It demonstrates that the idealization of love, nature,
and country life were not the only motives behind the
composition of the pastoral novel. Rather, The Evolution of the
Pastoral Novel explores the efforts of the novelists behind these
works to establish literary circles, fellowships, and academies,
all attempts to revive the literary dialogue of the period.
In addition to the novels of Miguel de Cervantes and Lope de
Vega, Dominick Finello considers the works of Luis Gálvez de
Montalvo, Antonio de Lofrasso, Bernardo de González de
Bobadilla, Gaspar Mercader, Cristóbal Suárez de
Figueroa, Bernardo de Balbuena, and Gabriel de Corral. These works
consistently represent the Spanish pastoral vogues of the late
sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, signalling new
combinations of narrative conventions and revealing shifting
literary currents hitherto unperceived. This wide range of source
material ensures that The Evolution of the Pastoral Novel in
Early-Modern Spain is a significant intervention into the history
of the novel.