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Cervantes and the Comic Mind of his Age

Anthony Close


This book relates Cervantes' 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 to 1630, 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 time when Don Quixote and Cervantes' most famous novellas were written. Though Cervant ... More

Keywords: Cervantes, poetics, comic fiction, Spaniards, Golden Age, comic genres, Don Quixote, novellas, contemporaries, Mateo Alemán

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198159988
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159988.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anthony Close, author
University of Cambridge