By Charles D. Presberg
Cervantes’s Don Quixote confronts us with a chain of enigmas that, over the centuries, have divided even its such a lot specialist readers: Does the textual content pursue a major or comedian goal? 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 e-book that would revise the best way we learn and debate Don Quixote, Charles D. Presberg discusses the trope of paradox as a governing rhetorical technique 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 advance of paradoxy within the Spanish Renaissance, centering on works through Fernando de Rojas, Pero Mexía, and Antonio de Guevara. In his targeted analyzing of parts of Don Quixote, Presberg exhibits how Cervantes’s paintings enlarges the culture of paradoxical discourse via imitating in addition to remodeling fictional and nonfictional versions. He concludes that Cervantes’s seriocomic "system" of paradoxy together parodies, celebrates, and urges us to examine the company of discourse within the persevered refashioning of information, background, tradition, and private identity.
This enticing e-book should be welcomed via literary students, Hispanisists, historians, and scholars of the historical past 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