Don Quixote Among the Saracens: A Clash of Genres and Civilizations [NOOK Book]

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The fictional Don Quixote was constantly defeated in his knightly adventures. In writing Quixote's story, however, Miguel Cervantes succeeded in a different kind of quest — the creation of a modern novel that ‘conquers’ and assimilates countless literary genres. Don Quixote among the Saracens considers how Cervantes's work reflects the clash of civilizations and anxieties towards cultural pluralism that permeated Golden Age Spain.

Frederick A. de Armas unravels an essential ...

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Don Quixote Among the Saracens: A Clash of Genres and Civilizations

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Overview

The fictional Don Quixote was constantly defeated in his knightly adventures. In writing Quixote's story, however, Miguel Cervantes succeeded in a different kind of quest — the creation of a modern novel that ‘conquers’ and assimilates countless literary genres. Don Quixote among the Saracens considers how Cervantes's work reflects the clash of civilizations and anxieties towards cultural pluralism that permeated Golden Age Spain.

Frederick A. de Armas unravels an essential mystery of one of world literature's best known figures: why Quixote sets out to revive knight errantry, and why he comes to feel at home only among the Moorish ‘Saracens,’ a people whom Quixote feared at the beginning of the novel. De Armas also reveals Quixote's inner conflicts as both a Christian who vows to battle the infidel, but also a secret Saracen sympathizer. While delving into genre theory, Don Quixote among the Saracens adds a new dimension to our understandings of Spain's multicultural history.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice Magazine vol 49:11:2012 - E.H. Freidman

‘Cervantes is a master at throwing curves; de Armas is a master at catching new ironies in a literary classic. The combination is extraordinarily rich and winning. Highly recommended.’

Iberoamericana vol 12:48:2012 - Diana de Armas

‘De Armas meticulously probes into the visionary and labyrinthine mind of Don Quixote… De Armas has written an original book, a topical book, a moral book.’

Bibliothèque d'humanisme et Renaissance vol 74:03:2012 - L.R.N. Ashley

‘De Armas turns in his usual solid performance as he presents original ideas about the Cervantes masterpiece and the author’s and novel’s background.’

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442696112
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 6/17/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Frederick A. de Armas is the Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Service Professor in the Humanities, Spanish Literature, and Comparative Literature at the University of Chicago.
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Table of Contents

Preface

I. Pillars of Genre/Ghosts of Empire: An Introduction

II. A Pythagorean Parody of Chivalry

III. Questioning Quaternities

IV. An Arab's Audacious Pastoral

V. Magics of the Defeated

VI. Clues to a Narrative

VII. Greek Interlace / Italian Interweaving

VIII. Palinurus and the Pleiades

IX. Don Quixote among the Saracens

X. Thymos and its Chariot

Works Cited

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