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Schmidt, Rachel Lynn
Forms of modernity : Don Quixote and modern theories of the novel / Rachel Schmidt
Alternate Title Don Quixote and modern theories of the novel
Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c2011
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 4th Floor  PN3491 .S35 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Fiction -- History and criticism
Subject Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de, 1547-1616. Don Quixote
Physical Description xx, 403 p. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [347]-376) and index
Contents Don Quixote and the problem of modernity -- Arabesques and the modern novel : Friedrich Schlegel's interpretation of Don Quixote -- The emptiness of the arabesque : Georg Lukács's theory of the novel -- Ideas and forms : Hermann Cohen's novelistics -- The poetics of resuscitation : Unamuno's anti-novelistics -- Form foreshortened : Ortega y Gasset's mediations on Don Quixote -- Don Quixote in Bakhtin -- Revolutions and the novel
Summary "It's a critical cliché that Cervantes' Don Quixote is the first modern novel, but this distinction raises two fundamental questions. First, how does one define a novel? And second, what is the relationship between this genre and understandings of modernity? In Forms of Modernity, Rachel Schmidt examines how seminal theorists and philosophers have wrestled with the status of Cervantes' masterpiece as an 'exemplary novel', in turn contributing to the emergence of key concepts within genre theory
Schmidt's discussion covers the views of well-known thinkers such as Friedrich Schlegel, José Ortega y Gasset, and Mikhail Bakhtin, but also the pivotal contributions of philosophers such as Hermann Cohen and Miguel de Unamuno. These theorists' examinations of Cervantes's fictional knight errant character point to an ever-shifting boundary between the real and the virtual. Drawing from both intellectual and literary history, Forms of Modernity richly explores the development of the categories and theories that we use today to analyze and understand novels."--pub. desc

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