Law and History in Cervantes' Don Quixote (Toronto Iberic)

Law and History in Cervantes' Don Quixote (Toronto Iberic)

By: Susan Byrne (author)Paperback

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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.

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Susan Byrne is an associate professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Yale University.

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  • publication date: 29/08/2013
  • ISBN13: 9781442626409
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 256
  • ID: 9781442626409
  • weight: 420
  • ISBN10: 1442626402

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