SENTIMENTAL ROMANCE, THE PROBLEM OF GENRE, AND REGULA ROHLAND DE LANGBEHN'S "LANZA" Alan Deyermond Queen Mary, University of London The first words of Regula Rohland de Langbehn's "Lanza" (2002) call explicitly -and rightly so- for a reply from Antonio Cortijo Ocaña and Barbara F. Weissberger, whose contributions to this journal's Critical Cluster of Fall 2000 challenge the view of sentimental romance as a genre. And a reply from me is implicitly called for by Rohland de Langbehn's comments on the generic consequences of studying pos- sible sentimental romances before 1440 and/or in other languages (138), since I have been perhaps the most active in this area (Deyermond 1986, 1989, 1997, and 2000). perceived defects of recent sentimental romance scholarship, especially as reflected in the 2000 Critical Cluster: 1 . That her book, La unidad genérica de la novela sentimental española de los siglos xv y xvi, published in 1999, has been Rohland de Langbehn's evident indignation is directed at four neglected (137). 2.That the use of "ficción" instead of "novela" represents "una diferencia de fondo" (138). 3.That the generic unity of sentimental romance is now generally denied (138-40). 4.That expansion of the corpus undermines the generic status of
La corónica: A Journal of Medieval Hispanic Languages, Literatures, and Cultures – La corónica: Journal of Medieval Hispanic Languages, Literatures & Culture
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