Don Quixote: The Quest for Modern Fiction / Edition 1

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Since its publication in the early seventeenth century, Don Quixote has become a classic of world literature, and its hero a symbol of romantic aspiration and absurdity. Even today, Cervantes’s mad knight continues to reach out and hook readers’ psyches. Don Quixote is the story of a verisimilar literary character, whose rich and conflicted inner life and encounters with the world around him became the prototype for the modern novel from Tom Jones to Lolita. Johnson situates Quixote within its relevant historical and cultural context, including the uniquely Spanish form of the general European dialectic of Old versus New. The mad hero’s encounters with the world expose the shaky foundations of that conflictive society. Don Quixote was a revolutionary ideological statement in its own time, and has proved to be a revolutionary literary statement for all time. Johnson shows how Cervantes challenges the official poetics of the late sixteenth century, and simultaneously anticipates virtually every aspect of the trendiest theorizing of the late twentieth century.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781577661481
  • Publisher: Waveland Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/17/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 1,243,540
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    The writing is a perfect demonstration, not of the madness of Qu

    The writing is a perfect demonstration, not of the madness of Quijote, but rather that of Carroll B. Johnson.  If he has undergone psychoanalysis himself (which seems apparent),  why does he think he can redirect his own mental instability onto that of a fictional creation of a true genius, Miguel de Cervantes?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2008

    Really good reading except last chapter.

    The subtitle is a Readers Companion and it is. Somewhat opinionated but extensive for a short book. The last chpter, psychoanalysis is srtupid. What credentials does Carroll Johnson have to use psychiatric methods to diagnose Don Quixote??!! Why not hire a real psychotherapist: Freudean, neo-Freudian, Jungian, Alderian, Martian and see what they come up with?

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