This article presents an analysis of a number of stories in Miguel de Cervantes' Novelas Ejemplares, illustrating how he experimented with and altered the picaresque narrative by openly incorporating many elements of the genre into this work. This article shows how Cervantes is not a purely canonical picaresque author, but rather a quasi- or semi-picaresque writer, inventing what might be called Cervantine picaresque literature.
Mascia, Mark J. "Cervantes and the Reinvention of the Picaresque Narrative in the Novelas Ejemplares." Atenea 21.1-2 (2001): 33-47.