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

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

by Frederick A. de Armas
     
 

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

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.

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.’

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442696112
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date:
06/17/2013
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
File size:
2 MB

What People are saying about this

Enrique García Santo-Tomás
‘A must-read for anyone interested in Cervantes’s work, Don Quixote among the Saracens exemplifies Frederick A. de Armas’s immense erudition, superb analytical skills, and attention to detail. In engaging prose, he provides a different look at Cervantes’s intellectual background and successfully connects the writer and his masterpiece with a variety of fields.’
Cory Reed
Don Quixote among the Saracens is a significant and most original contribution to Cervantes scholarship. In fluid and artful writing, Frederick A. de Armas provides fascinating new insights into the novel and its cultural and literary contexts. His framework is strong and coherent, and his application of genre theory to reveal hidden social tensions is unique, original, and very effective.’

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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