The reception of the Picaresque in the French, English, and German Traditions is a metacritical study of the picaresque as it has been perceived in three major Western critical traditions. The study opens with a critical analysis of the origins of the picaresque novel as a genre in the
Siglo de Oro in Spain. Three following sections detail the historical development of
Gattungskonzepte of the picaresque in three major European traditions. Literary critics, trained in different traditions, will gain an appreciation for works from neighboring cultures.