The Story of Leander and Hero, by Joan Roís de Corella

A multilingual edition of a classic from the Crown of Aragon

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Joan Roís de Corella is one of the most renowned authors of fifteenth-century Catalan literature. His Story of Leander and Hero uses a well-known Vergilian and Ovidian motif of unremitting love that turns into tragedy. Corella retells the story adding to it a great dose of suspense and pathos and recasts it in the fashion of sentimental prose, a genre famous at the time and a clear precedent of the great narrative genre to flourish during the Renaissance in the Iberian Peninsula and Europe: the novel.

Subjects: Romance literature & literary studies; Romance linguistics

  • Affiliations: 1: (1435-1497); 1: University of California at Santa Barbara; 2: University of Alicante

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