The Cambridge Companion to Cervantes / Edition 1

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Overview

Don Quixote de la Mancha (1605) is one of the classic texts of Western literature and the foundation of European fiction. Yet Cervantes himself remains an enigmatic figure. The Cambridge Companion to Cervantes offers a comprehensive treatment of Cervantes' life and work, including his lesser known writing. The essays, by some the most outstanding scholars in the field, cover the historical and political context of Cervantes' writing, his place in Renaissance culture, and the role of his masterpiece, Don Quixote, in the formation of the modern novel. They draw on contemporary critical perspectives to shed new light on Cervantes' work, including the Exemplary Novels, the plays and dramatic interludes, and the long romances, Galatea and Persiles. The volume provides useful supporting material for students: suggestions for further reading, a detailed chronology, a complete list of his published writings, an overview of translations and editions, and a guide to electronic resources.
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Editorial Reviews

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"This book is for advanced readers of Cervantes. It bears all the appropriate marks of contemporary critical concerns, and its authors have done a fine job bringing readers up to date on current trends in approaches to an author whose works convey new meanings to successive generations of readers." Elizabeth Rhodes, Boston College, Sixteenth Century Journal

"This thoughtfully-chosen collection of essays is a welcome guide to the labyrinthine world of Cervantes scholarship...[It is ] a fine accomplishment, and one that equals the sum of its elegant parts." Seventeenth Century News

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521663878
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2008
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Anthony J. Cascardi is Professor of Spanish, Comparative Literature, and Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of numerous books and articles on the Spanish Golden Age, literature and philosophy, and aesthetics.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
Chronology
Editions and translations
List of Cervantes' works
1 Introduction 1
2 The historical and social context 11
3 Cervantes and the Italian Renaissance 32
4 Don Quixote and the invention of the novel 58
5 The influence of Cervantes 80
6 Cervantes' other fiction 100
7 Writings for the stage 131
8 Humor and violence in Cervantes 160
9 Psyche and gender in Cervantes 186
10 Cervantes and the New World 206
App List of electronic resources and scholarly editions 226
Index 228
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