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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 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 booklet 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 while, 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 designated interpreting of parts of Don Quixote, Presberg exhibits how Cervantes’s paintings enlarges the culture of paradoxical discourse via 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 data, background, tradition, and private identity.

This enticing e-book could be welcomed through literary students, Hispanisists, historians, and scholars of the background of rhetoric and poetics.

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