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 major or comedian function? 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 e-book that may revise the way in which 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 long time, and the eu Renaissance. He outlines the improvement of paradoxy within the Spanish Renaissance, centering on works by way of Fernando de Rojas, Pero Mexía, and Antonio de Guevara. In his particular studying of parts of Don Quixote, Presberg indicates how Cervantes’s paintings enlarges the culture of paradoxical discourse via 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 enterprise of discourse within the persevered refashioning of information, heritage, tradition, and private identity.
This enticing booklet should be welcomed by means of 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