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Cervantes : Don Quixote - Anthony J. Close


Don Quixote

Paperback Published: 30th July 1990
ISBN: 9780521313452
Number Of Pages: 148

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Anthony Close's study places Don Quixote in the context of Cervantes' life and literary career, and in the book's cultural and social background. It focuses primarily on the central problems of Cervantine comedy, the use of burlesque, the presentation of characters through dialogue, the narrator's viewpoint, the virtuoso play with registers, and the complex and elusive irony. Using detailed analysis of individual passages, Dr Close shows how the moral themes of the novel are distilled in its humour, and in the characters of Don Quixote and Sancho. He also gives particular attention to the impact of this landmark text on the development of the European novel.

Prefacep. vii
Chronologyp. viii
Don Quixote's premises, structure and major themes Critical approaches; Background; Cervantes's motivesp. 1
The basic burlesque formulap. 10
The narrator's personap. 15
Empathetic parody; comic and satiric modesp. 20
Form of Part I; its episodesp. 31
Common naturep. 37
Form of Part II; its episodesp. 44
The personalities of Quixote and Sancho Development through conversationp. 53
Quixote's burlesque characterp. 60
The Sanchification of Panzap. 71
Paradoxes of Part II; Quixote's disillusionmentp. 81
Quixote and Dulcineap. 90
'Don Quixote' as landmarkp. 109
Guide to further readingp. 126
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ISBN: 9780521313452
ISBN-10: 0521313457
Series: Landmarks of World Literature
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 148
Published: 30th July 1990
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.68 x 13.34  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.19