Lazarillo de Tormes and the Medieval Frametale Tradition

Lazarillo de Tormes and the Medieval Frametale Tradition

Pyeatt, Anna Coons

Dissertation, (University of Texas – Austin),┬áDecember (2005)


Sixteenth-century Spain witnessed with the anonymous publication of Lazarillo de Tormes (1554) the birth of the picaresque novel. Yet the origins of this pseudo-autobiographical narrative of an itinerant rogue remain somewhat enigmatic to this day. The purpose of my research is to demonstrate the manner in which the Lazarillo adapts and, in some cases, subverts conventional features of one of its literary antecedents: the medieval frametale. The particular emphasis of my study is on the structural and organizational devices that serve to unify diverse material within a single work.

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