By Charles D. Presberg
Cervantes’s Don Quixote confronts us with a sequence of enigmas that, over the centuries, have divided even its so much specialist readers: Does the textual content pursue a major or comedian goal? Does it advertise the reality of heritage 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 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 long time, and the eu Renaissance. He outlines the improvement of paradoxy within the Spanish Renaissance, centering on works through Fernando de Rojas, Pero Mexía, and Antonio de Guevara. In his particular 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 reworking fictional and nonfictional versions. He concludes that Cervantes’s seriocomic "system" of paradoxy together parodies, celebrates, and urges us to reflect on the employer of discourse within the persisted refashioning of information, historical past, tradition, and private identity.
This enticing ebook should be welcomed via literary students, Hispanisists, historians, and scholars of the background of rhetoric and poetics.
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