Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Quixotic contradiction: Aporia and Cervantes' “Don Quijote”
by Hessel, Stephen, Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo, 2009, 177; 3356118
Abstract (Summary)

This project investigates the field of Cervantes studies, most specifically with a focus on Don Quijote, through the supposition that due to the aporetic nature of the text it is problematic to propose a unified reading of it. After an explanation of aporia and the aporetic nature of Don Quijote, a sampling of the more historically-based critical readings is considered in conjunction with the consequences of aporia. A similar analysis is conducted on more theoretically-based critical readings. Finally the concept of aporia is applied directly to the issue of Sancho’s disappearing donkey and two opposed explanations of this strange case; both of which tend to lean toward one or the other of the two previously mentioned critical avenues. The goal is to provide the possibility of further analysis of the text while keeping in mind the advantages and disadvantages of the existent critical trends.

KEYWORDS: Cervantes, Don Quijote, Aporia, Cervantes Studies, Historicism, Postmodern Theory.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Castillo, David
Commitee: Brokaw, Galen, Soto-Crespo, Ramon
School: State University of New York at Buffalo
Department: Romance Languages and Literatures
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: DAI-A 70/05, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Romance literature
Keywords: Aporia, Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de, Cervantes studies, Don Quijote, Historicism, Postmodern theory, Spain
Publication Number: 3356118
ISBN: 978-1-109-15935-6
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