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Cervantes' epic novel : empire, religion, and the dream life of heroes in Persiles

Author: Michael Armstrong-Roche
Publisher: Toronto [Ont.] : University of Toronto Press, ©2009
Series: University of Toronto romance series.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
Miguel de Cervantes conceived his final work, The Labours of Persiles and Sigismunda: A Northern Story (1617), as a great prose epic that would accomplish for its age what Homer and Virgil had done for theirs. And yet, by the eighteenth century Don Quixote had eclipsed Persiles in the favour of readers and writers alike and the later novel is now virtually forgotten except by specialists. This study sets out to help  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Armstrong-Roche, Michael, 1962-
Cervantes' epic novel.
Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, ©2009
(DLC) 2009464662
Named Person: Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Armstrong-Roche
ISBN: 9781442687578 1442687576
OCLC Number: 635459383
Language Note: Includes some text in Spanish.
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 406 pages).
Contents: Introduction : Cervantes' epic novel --
Europe as barbaric new world --
Christian spirituality : the law of love --
Epic recast : the dream life of the new hero --
Christian politics : church and state --
Epilogue : Cervantes' human and divine comedy.
Series Title: University of Toronto romance series.
Responsibility: Michael Armstrong-Roche.
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This study sets out to help restore Persiles to pride of place within Cervantes's corpus by reading it as the author's summa, as a boldly new kind of prose epic that casts an original light on the  Read more...


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'I find Armstrong-Roche's close readings astute and illuminating, and his overall hypotheses about workings of paradox in the text are persuasive.' -- Barbara Fuchs Modern Philology, vol 110:03:2013

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