By Charles D. Presberg
Cervantes’s Don Quixote confronts us with a sequence of enigmas that, over the centuries, have divided even its such a lot specialist readers: Does the textual content pursue a significant or comedian function? Does it advertise the reality of historical past and the untruth of fiction, or the reality of poetry and the fictiveness of fact itself? In a ebook that may revise the best way we learn and debate Don Quixote, Charles D. Presberg discusses the trope of paradox as a governing rhetorical approach during this so much canonical of Spanish literary texts.
To situate Cervantes’s masterpiece in the centuries-long praxis of paradoxical discourse within the West, Presberg surveys its culture in Classical Antiquity, the center a while, and the ecu Renaissance. He outlines the improvement of paradoxy within the Spanish Renaissance, centering on works via Fernando de Rojas, Pero Mexía, and Antonio de Guevara. In his specific interpreting of parts of Don Quixote, Presberg indicates how Cervantes’s paintings enlarges the culture of paradoxical discourse by means of imitating in addition to reworking fictional and nonfictional types. He concludes that Cervantes’s seriocomic "system" of paradoxy together parodies, celebrates, and urges us to contemplate the employer of discourse within the persevered refashioning of information, historical past, tradition, and private identity.
This attractive e-book can be welcomed by way of literary students, Hispanisists, historians, and scholars of the background of rhetoric and poetics.
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Adventures in Paradox: Don Quixote and the Western Tradition (Studies in Romance Literatures) by Charles D. Presberg