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Author Schmidt, Rachel Lynn

Title Forms of modernity : Don Quixote and modern theories of the novel / Rachel Schmidt

Publ Info Toronto : University of Toronto Press, [2011]
 PC  PN3491 .S35 2011    AVAILABLE
 RWU Main Library  PN3491 .S35 2011    AVAILABLE
 URI  PN3491 .S35 2011    AVAILABLE
Descript xx, 403 pages ; 24 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Series University of Toronto romance series
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
Note "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
LC subject Fiction -- History and criticism
Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de, 1547-1616. Don Quixote
ISBN 9781442642515