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Don Quixote in England : the aesthetics of laughter

Author: Ronald Paulson
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Seldom has a single book, much less a translation, so deeply affected English literature as did the translation of Cervantes' Don Quixote in 1612. The comic novel inspired drawings, plays, sermons, and other translations, making the name of the Knight of la Mancha as familiar as any folk character in English lore." "In this comprehensive study of the reception and conversion of Don Quixote in England, Ronald  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra; Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra; Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra; Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra; Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra; Englisch; Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra; Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ronald Paulson
ISBN: 0801856957 9780801856952
OCLC Number: 36884146
Description: xx, 242 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Imagination and satire : Quixote mistakes an inn for a castle --
Imagination demonized : Swift --
Imagination aestheticized : Addison --
Satire : Sancho laughs at Quixote --
Satire aestheticized : Addison's creation of a Whig ethos --
Chivalry and burlesque : Cervantes "smiled Spain's chivalry away" --
Comedia : the canon, the curate, and Quixote discuss romance --
Burlesque and "grave irony" : Addison, Swift, and Milton --
Graphic equivalents of burlesque : Quixote and Hogarth's Hudibras --
"Affectation" : Fielding --
Wit and humor : "Don Quixote's madness in one point, and extraordinary good sense in every other" --
Wit aestheticized : Addison --
Humor : Corbyn Morris and the fall of Walpole --
A "character of perfect simplicity" : Parson Adams --
Morality aestheticized : Collins's "Ode : the manners." Aesthetics : the taste of wine, the sight of Dulcinea --
The two Dulcineas --
Dulcinea and the virgin --
"Dulcinea's" blemish --
The blemish and the foible --
Odd mixtures --
Religion : The Parliament of death and the puppet show --
Religion theatricalized : Addison --
Laughter as release from religious gravity : Shaftesbury --
Wit's razor : Shaftesbury and Swift --
The aesthetics of Sancho Panza : Hogarth --
The cathartic laughter of Mr. Punch : Fielding --
Pamela, Parson Adams, and scripture --
The hobby-horse : Sterne --
Defoe and "the quixotism of R. Crusoe" --
The female subject : Marcela discourses on beauty --
The female Quixote --
Catherine Morland --
"The age of chivalry is gone."
Responsibility: Ronald Paulson.
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Paulson's engaging account leads to a significant reassessment of current assumptions about eighteenth-century literature and art.  Read more...


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Paulson shows that Cervantes set the dominant model of comic writing in the period, and he explores the different ways in which writers lay claim to his work. In the early eighteenth century, the Read more...

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