Eros and Empire: Politics and Christianity in Don Quixote

Eros and Empire: Politics and Christianity in Don Quixote

by Henry Higuera
     
 

The sixteenth century was a critical time for Christianity and politics in Europe; the birth of Protestantism and Machiavelli's new approach to politics, morality, and religion are only two examples of the turbulence of the time. Don Quixote, argues Henry Higuera, was a response to this turbulence. Higuera's careful examination of the novel against the background of… See more details below

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The sixteenth century was a critical time for Christianity and politics in Europe; the birth of Protestantism and Machiavelli's new approach to politics, morality, and religion are only two examples of the turbulence of the time. Don Quixote, argues Henry Higuera, was a response to this turbulence. Higuera's careful examination of the novel against the background of Christian theology and European moral and political theory demonstrates that Don Quixote portrays, analyzes, and criticizes Christianity's tendency toward a kind of imperialism fueled by eros. He shows first just how erotic the relationship between the soul and God was in the Catholic tradition; second, how theological Don Quixote's understanding of Dulcinea is; and third, how closely the Books of Chivalry are related to contemporary controversies about the Bible.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847680504
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
08/08/1995
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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