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1. Introduction

The novella (from Latin novus, “new”) is a specific narrative form of early modern literature that emerged from popular medieval narrative practices to become a genre in its own right, initially in the 14th/15th centuries in Latin Europe (Italy, Spain, France), then in the German lands in the 18th century [6]. The first example is the Novellino (collection of novellas by an unknown Tuscan author, 1280-1300), which was followed by Giovanni Boccaccio’s Il Decamerone (1349–1352), the Cent nouve…

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Lubkoll, Christine, “Novella”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 03 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_024868>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128

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