Cervantes and the Comic Mind of his Age

Cervantes and the Comic Mind of his Age

by Anthony J. Close, Anthony Close, A. J. Close
     
 


This book relates Cervantes's poetics of comic fiction to the common framework of assumptions, values, and ideas held by Spaniards of the Golden Age about the comic and the kinds of writing which expressed it. This collective mentality underwent significant evolution in the period 1500 to 1630, and the factors which caused it are reflected in the ways in which the… See more details below

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This book relates Cervantes's poetics of comic fiction to the common framework of assumptions, values, and ideas held by Spaniards of the Golden Age about the comic and the kinds of writing which expressed it. This collective mentality underwent significant evolution in the period 1500 to 1630, and the factors which caused it are reflected in the ways in which the major comic genres--satire, the picaresque, the comedia, the novella--are re-launched, transformed, and theoretically rationalized around 1600, the moment when Don Quijote and Cervantes's most famous novelas were written. Though Cervantes is universally acknowledged to be a master of comic fiction, his poetics have never before been considered from that specific angle, nor in such ample scope. In particular, the book sets itself to identify the differences between that poetics and the conceptions of comic fiction of his contemporaries, including Mateo Alemán.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198159988
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/28/2000
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations.
Introduction
I: Cervantess Poetics of Comic Fiction
Basic Values of Comedy and Satire
The Prologue to Don Quijote R Part I and its Implications
The Truth of History, I: Relevance and Rhetorical Pitch
The Truth of History, II: Making Present
II: Cervantes and the comic mind of the Spanish Golden Age
Evolution of Spanish Attitudes to comedy, 1500-1600
Socio-genesis, ideology, and culture
The New Comic Ethos: Social and Aesthetic Premises
Cervantes between Guzmán de Alfarache and its Heritage
Bibliography
Index

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