• Title: Adventures in Paradox: Don Quixote and the Western Tradition (Studies in Romance Literatures)
  • Author: Charles D. Presberg
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 328
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Adventures in Paradox Don Quixote and the Western Tradition Studies in Romance Literatures Cervantes s Don Quixote confronts us with a series of enigmas that over the centuries have divided even its most expert readers Does the text pursue a serious or comic purpose Does it promote the tr
    Cervantes s Don Quixote confronts us with a series of enigmas that, over the centuries, have divided even its most expert readers Does the text pursue a serious or comic purpose Does it promote the truth of history and the untruth of fiction, or the truth of poetry and the fictiveness of truth itself In a book that will revise the way we read and debate Don Quixote, ChaCervantes s Don Quixote confronts us with a series of enigmas that, over the centuries, have divided even its most expert readers Does the text pursue a serious or comic purpose Does it promote the truth of history and the untruth of fiction, or the truth of poetry and the fictiveness of truth itself In a book that will revise the way we read and debate Don Quixote, Charles D Presberg discusses the trope of paradox as a governing rhetorical strategy in this most canonical of Spanish literary texts To situate Cervantes s masterpiece within the centuries long praxis of paradoxical discourse in the West, Presberg surveys its tradition in Classical Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the European Renaissance He outlines the development of paradoxy in the Spanish Renaissance, centering on works by Fernando de Rojas, Pero Mex a, and Antonio de Guevara In his detailed reading of portions of Don Quixote, Presberg shows how Cervantes s work enlarges the tradition of paradoxical discourse by imitating as well as transforming fictional and nonfictional models He concludes that Cervantes s seriocomic system of paradoxy jointly parodies, celebrates, and urges us to ponder the agency of discourse in the continued refashioning of knowledge, history, culture, and personal identity.This engaging book will be welcomed by literary scholars, Hispanisists, historians, and students of the history of rhetoric and poetics.

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