Transnational Cervantes

Transnational Cervantes

by William Childers
     
 

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This ambitious work aims to utterly change the way Don Quixote and Cervantes' other works are read, particularly the posthumous The Trial of Persiles and Sigismunda. William Childers sets out to free Cervantes' work from its context within the histories of the European national literatures. Instead, he examines early modern Spanish cultural production

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This ambitious work aims to utterly change the way Don Quixote and Cervantes' other works are read, particularly the posthumous The Trial of Persiles and Sigismunda. William Childers sets out to free Cervantes' work from its context within the histories of the European national literatures. Instead, he examines early modern Spanish cultural production as an antecedent to contemporary postcolonial literature, especially Latin American fiction of the past half century.

In order to construct his new context for reading Cervantes, Childers proceeds in three distinct phases. First, Cervantes' relation to the Western literary canon is reconfigured, detaching him from the realist novel and associating him, instead, with magic realism. Second, Childers provides an innovative reading of The Trial of Persiles and Sigismunda as a transnational romance, exploring cultural boundaries and the hybridization of identities. Finally, Childers explores traces of and similarities to Cervantes in contemporary fiction.

Theoretically eclectic and methodologically innovative, Transnational Cervantes opens up many avenues for research and debate, aiming to bring Cervantes' writings forward into the brave new world of our postcolonial age.

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Editorial Reviews

Cervantes: Bulletin of the Cervantes Society of America - Edward H. Friedman
Transnational Cervantes is a sophisticated and beautifully written book ... In my judgment, this is not only one of the best books on Cervantes by a young scholar, but one of the best books on Cervantes.”
Revista Hispanica Moderna - William Egginton
“Childers’s excellent book provides us with ample evidence of how the divisions informing our chosen fields color the way we read the canons that compose them.”
Hispanic Review - David R. Castillo
“[Transnational Cervantes] is the product of original thinking and outstanding historical research. This is a most welcome contribution to the field of early modern studies, the kind of scholarly work that will stir healthy debate inside the discipline(s) of Hispanism and beyond.”
Renaissance Quarterly - Julio Baena
“For those of us who write on Cervantes with our focus on the entire planet and our concerns in the only realm of reality that matters – the now, the us – this is a welcome book, a necessary book.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442615113
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date:
03/21/2014
Pages:
334
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 9.11(h) x 0.56(d)

Meet the Author

William Childers is an associate professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Brooklyn College.

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