Adventures in Paradox: Don Quixote and the Western Tradition by Charles D. Presberg

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 professional readers: Does the textual content pursue a significant 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 would revise the best way 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 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 specified studying of parts of Don Quixote, Presberg exhibits how Cervantes’s paintings enlarges the culture of paradoxical discourse by way 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 supplier of discourse within the persisted refashioning of information, background, tradition, and private identity.

This enticing e-book should be welcomed via literary students, Hispanisists, historians, and scholars of the heritage of rhetoric and poetics.

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