Don Quixote de la Mancha is one of the classic texts of Western literature, yet Cervantes remains an enigmatic figure. This Companion is a comprehensive treatment of Cervantes' life and work. Essays by outstanding Hispanistas cover the historical and political context of Cervantes' writing, his place in Renaissance culture, and the role of Don Quixote in the formation of the modern novel. The volume provides suggestions for further reading, a detailed chronology and a guide to electronic resources.
About the Author
Anthony J. Cascardi is Professor of Spanish, Comparative Literature, and Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of numerous books and articles on the Spanish Golden Age, literature and philosophy, and aesthetics.
Table of Contents
Chronology; 1. Introduction Anthony J. Cascardi; Translations and editions; List of Cervantes' works; 2. Historical and political background B. W. Ife; 3. Cervantes and the Italian Renaissance Frederick A. de Armas; 4. Don Quixote and the invention of the novel Anthony J. Cascardi; 5. The influence of Cervantes Alexander Welsh; 6. Cervantes' other fiction Mary Malcolm Gaylord; 7. Works for the stage Melveena Mckendrick; 8. Humor and violence Adrienne L. Martín; 9. Psyche and gender Anne Cruz; 10. Cervantes and the New World Diana de Armas Wilson; Appendix: List of electronic resources Anthony J. Cascardi.