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The Novel According to Cervantes

Gilman, Stephen

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ISBN 10: 0520062310 / ISBN 13: 9780520062313
Published by Univ of California Press, Ewing, New Jersey, U.S.A., 1989
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Title: The Novel According to Cervantes

Publisher: Univ of California Press, Ewing, New Jersey, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

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Dust jacket notes: "Stephen Gilman sets out to explain how Cervantes, 'as unaware of his destination as Columbus,' perceived his own narrative innovation in Don Quixote, and how that novel became the great exemplar for later practitioners like Fielding, Stendhal, Proust, and Twain. This is a book both for professional 'cervantistas' and for all readers of novels. As Roy Harvey Pearce writes in the Foreword, 'Early on in our friendship I knew that Gilman had to write a book on Cervantes for non-Hispanists like me. For I realized how little aware those who study the novel were (and are) of the specifically Spanish conception of the novelistic and of its exhilarating way of celebrating the self in its history. Gilman insisted that he was 'only' a Hispanist. And I insisted in response that that was precisely the point, so that he must make his Hispanism available to a larger than Hispanist readership. Over the years, as he became an heroic exegete and interpreter of writers ranging from Rojas to Galdos (with Cervantes always the nodal point), he reported that he was thinking his way toward [this book]....And on November 9, 1986, he informed me that at long last it was done.'"

From Library Journal:

For nearly half a century the recently deceased Gilman, even when writing well-known studies on the Celestina and Galdos, devoted much of his academic career to Cervantes scholarship. These four erudite essays, expanded revisions of earlier and not readily available lectures written expressly for non-Hispanist comparatists and literary theorists, analyze the circumstances of the composition of the Cervantine prototype in the broader context of its creation within the framework of the rise of the modern novel. Only a superfluous appendix with anachronistic references to Sartre and Camus detracts from this otherwise unquestionable addition to Quixote studies for most academic libraries.
- Lawrence Olszewski, OCLC, Dublin, Ohio
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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