Exemplar and Exemplarity: Cervantes and Early Modern Europe 
1 March 2013

 Cervantes joked about the global reach of his own literary influence and claimed to be the first writer in Castilian of original, exemplary stories. This conference looks at the nature of Cervantes as an exemplar and the particular twist he gave to exemplification and exemplarity in his tales. How did his contemporary reception influence European writers across the 17th century? Was the particular twist that he gave to exemplification and exemplarity in his stories original and how did it shape the poetics of prose fiction in Europe as a whole? 

 This one day event brings together the foremost cervantistas in the UK and sets them in dialogue with colleagues working on 17th century prose fiction from other European traditions, in order to see how the influence of Cervantes was experienced outside Spain, but also how his experiments and innovations with the exemplum changed the perception and practice of novel writing.   

Organised by: Alexander Samson (UCL) and Peter Mack (Warburg Institute)

Speakers:  Trudi Darby (King’s College, London), Jacqueline Glomski (King’s College, London), Barry Ife (Guildhall School of Music), Jeremy Robbins (Edinburgh), Alexander Samson (UCL), Barry Taylor (British Library) and Edwin Williamson (Oxford)


Exemplar and Exemplarity: Cervantes in Early Modern Europe

UCL Golden Age and Renaissance Seminar and The Warburg Institute

1st March 2013, 10am – 6.15pm

10 – 10.30 Registration and Coffee

10.40 – 11.30

Keynote 1:

Edwin Williamson (Exeter College, Oxford), The Fate of Don Quixote: From Exemplary Hero to Modern Character

11.30 – 1.00

Panel 1: Persiles, Byzantine Romance and Literary Fashion

Trudi Darby (King’s College London), Persiles and Sigismunda: An English Perspective

Jeremy Robbins (Edinburgh), Persiles

Jacqueline Glomski (King’s College London), Cervantes’s Persiles and Barclay’s Argenis: A Comparison

1.00 – 2.00 Lunch

2.00 - 3.40

Keynote 2:

Barry Ife (Guildhall School of Music and Drama), (Sub)editing the Persiles: Wrong Notes or Blue Notes?

Panel 2: Exemplarity

Barry Taylor (British Library), Exemplarity in and around the Novelas ejemplares

Paul Lewis-Smith (Bristol), The Complexity of 'Exemplarity' in the Novelas ejemplares

3.40 – 4.00 Tea

4.00 – 5.30

Panel 3: Novels at Home and Abroad

Noelia Cirnigliaro (Dartmouth College), Bringing Exemplarity Home: Spanish Short Novels after Cervantes

Esther Bautista Naranjo (Universidad de Castilla La Mancha), Cervantes and the Rise of the Modern Novel in France

Alexander Samson (University College London), James Mabbe’s Translation of the Exemplarie Novels

5.30 Reception


To register and pay online please complete the

Online registration form

If you have queries about registering please contact: Jane.Ferguson(at)sas.ac.uk at the Warburg.

The conference fee is £25 (£12.50 concessions) and includes teas, coffees, lunch and a wine reception.

Venue: Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB. Tel. (020) 7862 8949