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 objective? 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 publication that would revise the way in which we learn and debate Don Quixote, Charles D. Presberg discusses the trope of paradox as a governing rhetorical procedure 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 long time, and the eu Renaissance. He outlines the advance of paradoxy within the Spanish Renaissance, centering on works by means of Fernando de Rojas, Pero Mexía, and Antonio de Guevara. In his special 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 types. He concludes that Cervantes’s seriocomic "system" of paradoxy together parodies, celebrates, and urges us to think of the business enterprise of discourse within the persevered refashioning of data, heritage, tradition, and private identity.
This enticing booklet could be welcomed through literary students, Hispanisists, historians, and scholars of the background of rhetoric and poetics.
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