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Don Quixote Among The Saracens: A Clash Of Civilizations And Literary Genres Frederick A. de Armas

Don Quixote Among The Saracens: A Clash Of Civilizations And Literary Genres

Frederick A. de Armas

Published August 27th 2011
ISBN : 9781442643451
Hardcover
237 pages
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The fictional Don Quixote was constantly defeated in his knightly adventures. In writing Quixotes story, however, Miguel Cervantes succeeded in a different kind of quest -- the creation of a modern novel that conquers and assimilates countlessMoreThe fictional Don Quixote was constantly defeated in his knightly adventures. In writing Quixotes story, however, Miguel Cervantes succeeded in a different kind of quest -- the creation of a modern novel that conquers and assimilates countless literary genres. Don Quixote among the Saracens considers how Cervantess work reflects the clash of civilizations and anxieties towards cultural pluralism that permeated Golden Age Spain.Frederick A. de Armas unravels an essential mystery of one of world literatures best known figures: why Quixote sets out to revive knight errantry, and why he comes to feel at home only among the Moorish Saracens, a people whom Quixote feared at the beginning of the novel. De Armas also reveals Quixotes inner conflicts as both a Christian who vows to battle the infidel, but also a secret Saracen sympathizer. While delving into genre theory, Don Quixote among the Saracens adds a new dimension to our understandings of Spains multicultural history.