Reviews 231 Das, Nandini, Renaissance Romance: The Transformation of English Prose Fiction, 15701620, Farnham, Ashgate, 2011; hardback; pp. xii, 242; 3 b/w figures; R.R.P. £49.50; ISBN 9781409410133. I must confess to some fond moments of À la recherche du temps perdu in reading this book, since my own postgraduate research and thesis was on Elizabethan romance. It brought back long hours reading such works as Heliodorus's The Æthiopian Historie in its sixteenth-century translation, Montemayor's Diana, and (in black letter gothic script which almost made me blind) Amadis de Gaul, alongside more familiar ones like Sidney's two versions of Arcadia, Spenser's poetic The Faerie Queene, works by Greene, Lyly, and others less celebrated. I only wonder now how I found the time, especially since not many of these works found a place proportional to their bulk in the main body of my thesis. In those days there was virtually nothing of much worth published on this particular area, despite the theoretical contributions of Erich Auerbach, Northrop Frye, and Wilson Knight which had awakened interest in romance in general. The neglect of English romances in prose puzzled me because it was clear that the genre was amongst Shakespeare's favourite reading,
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