Cervantes and the Comic Mind of his Age

Hardcover | September 1, 2000

byAnthony Close

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This book relates Cervantes's poetics of comic fiction to the common framework of assumptions, values, and ideas held by Spaniards of the Golden Age about the comic and the kinds of writing which expressed it. This collective mentality underwent significant evolution in the period 1500 to1630, and the factors which caused it are reflected in the ways in which the major comic genres (satire, the picaresque, the comedia, the novella) are re-launched, transformed, and theoretically rationalized around 1600, the moment when Don Quijote and Cervantes's most famous novelas were written.Though Cervantes is universally acknowledged to be a master of comic fiction, his poetics have never before been considered from that specific angle, nor in such ample scope. In particular, the book sets itself to identify the differences between that poetics and the conceptions of comic fiction ofhis contemporaries, including Mateo Aleman.

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This book relates Cervantes's poetics of comic fiction to the common framework of assumptions, values, and ideas held by Spaniards of the Golden Age about the comic and the kinds of writing which expressed it. This collective mentality underwent significant evolution in the period 1500 to1630, and the factors which caused it are reflec...

Lecturer in Spanish, University of Cambridge, 1967-

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Format:HardcoverPublished:September 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations.IntroductionI: Cervantess Poetics of Comic FictionBasic Values of Comedy and SatireThe Prologue to Don Quijote R Part I and its ImplicationsThe Truth of History, I: Relevance and Rhetorical PitchThe Truth of History, II: Making PresentII: Cervantes and the comic mind of the Spanish Golden AgeEvolution of Spanish Attitudes to comedy, 1500-1600Socio-genesis, ideology, and cultureThe New Comic Ethos: Social and Aesthetic PremisesCervantes between Guzman de Alfarache and its HeritageBibliographyIndex

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`Close's readings are learned, insightful, and engaging, as are his informed entries into the imagination of the writers under scrutiny.'E.H. Friedman, Choice, April 2001