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 significant or comedian goal? Does it advertise the reality of background and the untruth of fiction, or the reality of poetry and the fictiveness of fact itself? In a booklet that may revise the best way we learn and debate Don Quixote, Charles D. Presberg discusses the trope of paradox as a governing rhetorical method during this such a lot 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 eu 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 special interpreting of parts of Don Quixote, Presberg exhibits how Cervantes’s paintings enlarges the culture of paradoxical discourse by means of imitating in addition to remodeling fictional and nonfictional types. He concludes that Cervantes’s seriocomic "system" of paradoxy together parodies, celebrates, and urges us to reflect on the corporation of discourse within the persevered refashioning of information, heritage, tradition, and private identity.
This enticing ebook should be welcomed through literary students, Hispanisists, historians, and scholars of the heritage 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