Cervantes, the Novel, and the New World

Hardcover | December 15, 2000

byDiana de Armas Wilson

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Two sets of related issues prompt this study: the birth of the New World in European consciousness and the rise of the Cervantine novel in Spain. The conquest, exploration, and colonization of the Indies resonate through Cervantes's two novels, Don Quixote (1605, 1615) and the Persiles (1617),both fortified by imperialism. Cervantes begins publishing in the 1580s, just as the might of imperial Spain turned from Europe towards the Atlantic. Twice refused emigration papers to America - which he depicts as the 'refuge and haven of all the desperate men of Spain' - Cervantes turns tofiction. His novels internalize many colonial discourses and at least four genres implicated in Spain's New World enterprise: the Books of Chivalry, the utopias, the colonial war epic, and American ethnohistory. The first full-length study to move beyond an inventory of Cervantes's references to theIndies - to Mexico and Peru, cannibals and tobacco, parrots and alligators - this book interprets his novels as a transatlantic, cross-cultural, and multi-linguistic achievement.

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Two sets of related issues prompt this study: the birth of the New World in European consciousness and the rise of the Cervantine novel in Spain. The conquest, exploration, and colonization of the Indies resonate through Cervantes's two novels, Don Quixote (1605, 1615) and the Persiles (1617),both fortified by imperialism. Cervantes be...

Diana de Armas Wilson is Professor of English and Renaissance Studies, University of Denver

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:270 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.75 inPublished:December 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198160054

ISBN - 13:9780198160052

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Table of Contents

IntroductionNovel Genres, Novel Worlds1. The Americanist Cervantes2. The Novel about the Novel3. The Novel as 'Moletta': Cervantes and Defoe4. Some Versions of Hybridity: cacao and Potosi5. 'Scorpion Oil': The Books of Chivalry6. Islands in the Mind: Utopography7. Jewels in the Crown: The Colonial War Epic8. Remembrance of Things Lost: EthnohistoryConclusionWomen in Translation: Transila and La MalincheBibliographyIndex

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`A deftly written and unfailingly thought-provoking book'B.W.Ife, TLS, 1 June 2001