Law and History in Cervantes' Don Quixote Paperback / softback
by Susan Byrne
Part of the Toronto Iberic series
Law and History in Cervantes' Don Quixote is a deep consideration of the intellectual environment that gave rise to Cervantes' seminal work.
Susan Byrne demonstrates how Cervantes synthesized the debates surrounding the two most authoritative discourses of his era - those of law and history - into a new aesthetic product, the modern novel. Byrne uncovers the empirical underpinnings of Don Quixote through a close philological study of Cervantes' sly questioning of and commentary on these fields.
As she skilfully demonstrates, while sixteenth-century historiographers and jurists across southern Europe sought the philosophical nexus of their fields, Cervantes created one through the adventures of a protagonist whose history is all about justice.
As such, Law and History in Cervantes' Don Quixote illustrates how Cervantes' art highlighted the inconsistencies of juridical-historical texts and practice, as well as anticipated the ultimate resolution of their paradoxes.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 256 pages, 8 Illustrations, unspecified
- Publisher: University of Toronto Press
- Publication Date: 29/08/2013
- Category: Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800
- ISBN: 9781442626409
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