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Prosaroman (German “prose romance”) is the name given in German literature to the longer narrative tales, mostly entertaining in character, that were written in the 15th and 16th centuries primarily to be read, not (like the medieval Versroman, “verse romance”) to be listened to. The term does not denote a literary genre, but a “target form” towards which a text corpus variable in provenance, material, and structural form tended [6. 63], and it has since the 1970s come to replace the term Volksbuch (chapbook), by which Joseph Görres referred in 1807 to some of these tales…

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Müller, Jan-Dirk, “Prosaroman”, 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 02 April 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_025982>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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