Cervantes's Novel of Modern Times: A New Reading of Don Quijote / Edition 1 by David Quint | 9780691122274 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Cervantes's Novel of Modern Times: A New Reading of Don Quijote / Edition 1

Cervantes's Novel of Modern Times: A New Reading of Don Quijote / Edition 1

by David Quint
     
 

ISBN-10: 069112227X

ISBN-13: 9780691122274

Pub. Date: 07/05/2005

Publisher: Princeton University Press

This book offers a radically new reading of Don Quijote, understanding it as a whole much greater than the sum of its famous parts. David Quint discovers a unified narrative and deliberate thematic design in a novel long taught as the very definition of the picaresque and as a rambling succession of individual episodes. Quint shows how repeated motifs and verbal

Overview

This book offers a radically new reading of Don Quijote, understanding it as a whole much greater than the sum of its famous parts. David Quint discovers a unified narrative and deliberate thematic design in a novel long taught as the very definition of the picaresque and as a rambling succession of individual episodes. Quint shows how repeated motifs and verbal details link the episodes, often in surprising and heretofore unnoticed ways. Don Quijote emerges as a work that charts and reflects upon the historical transition from feudalism to the modern times of a moneyed, commercial society. In Part One of the novel, this change is measured in a shift in the nature of erotic desire, and we find Don Quijote torn between his love for Dulcinea and his hopes to wed for wealth and social advancement. In Part Two, Don Quijote himself changes from anarchic madman to a gentler, wiser hero—a member of a middle class in the making. Throughout, Cervantes meditates on the literary form that he is inventing as a response to modernity, questioning the novel's relationship to other genres and the place of heroism and imagination within stories of everyday life.

A new and coherent guide through the maze-like structure of Don Quijote, this book invites readers to appreciate the perennial modernity of Cervantes's masterpiece—-a novel that confronts times not so distant from our own.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691122274
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
07/05/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 9.34(h) x 0.43(d)

Table of Contents

PREFACE ix
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xv
DON QUIJOTE, PART ONE 1
ONE
Cervantes's Method and Meaning 3
Interlace 3
Arms and Letters 7
Luscinda at the Window 15
The Two Loves of Don Quijote 17
TWO
"Dulcinea" 22
Cardenio and Anselmo 25
Cardenio, Quijote, Amadis, Orlando 30
Camila and Marcela: What Is the Woman to Do? 38
Happy Ending and Mystification 50
Love and Chivalry 53
THREE
"Princess Micomicona" 57
Zoraida and the Princess 60
Modern Marriage 73
Social Mobility, Generic Mix 76
Coda:"Nuestra Señora" 86
DON QUIJOTE, PART TWO 91
FOUR
The Gentler, Wiser Don Quijote 93
Structure 95
The Two Quijotes 100
Don Diego de Miranda and Don Quijote 107
Camacho and Basilio 115
A New Don Quijote 123
Preaching to the Bandits 128
FIVE
Aristocrats 131
Cruel Readers 133
Courtiers versus Knights 143
Justice 152
Paying Up 158
NOTES 163
INDEX 189

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