Eros and Empire: Politics and Christianity in Don Quixote

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Overview

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.
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A revision of the author's Ph.D. thesis for the U. of Toronto. It examines political dimensions of Don Quixote, which have mostly been ignored by Anglophone critics, and their implications with respect to Christianity. Paper edition (unseen), $22.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847680511
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/8/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Henry Higuera is a tutor at St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland.

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