Cervantes, Literature and the Discourse of Politics

By Anthony J. Cascardi

© 2011

What is the role of literature in the formation of the state? Anthony J. Cascardi takes up this fundamental question in Cervantes, Literature, and the Discourse of Politics, a comprehensive analysis of the presence of politics in Don Quixote. Cascardi argues that when public speech is constrained, as it was in seventeenth-century Spain, politics must be addressed through indirect forms including comedy, myth, and travellers' tales.

Cervantes, Literature, and the Discourse of Politics convincingly re-engages the ancient roots of political theory in modern literature by situating Cervantes within a long line of political thinkers. Cascardi notably connects Cervantes's political theory to Plato's, much as the writer's literary criticism has been firmly linked to Aristotle's. He also shows how Cervantes's view of literature provided a compelling alternative to the modern, scientific politics of Machiavelli and Hobbes, highlighting the potential interplay of literature and politics in an ideal state.

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  • Page Count: 352 pages
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Cervantes, Literature, and the Discourse of Politics convincingly re-engages the ancient roots of political theory in modern literature by situating Cervantes within a long line of political thinkers.

Cervantes, Literature and the Discourse of Politics

By Anthony J. Cascardi

© 2011

What is the role of literature in the formation of the state? Anthony J. Cascardi takes up this fundamental question in Cervantes, Literature, and the Discourse of Politics, a comprehensive analysis of the presence of politics in Don Quixote. Cascardi argues that when public speech is constrained, as it was in seventeenth-century Spain, politics must be addressed through indirect forms including comedy, myth, and travellers' tales.

Cervantes, Literature, and the Discourse of Politics convincingly re-engages the ancient roots of political theory in modern literature by situating Cervantes within a long line of political thinkers. Cascardi notably connects Cervantes's political theory to Plato's, much as the writer's literary criticism has been firmly linked to Aristotle's. He also shows how Cervantes's view of literature provided a compelling alternative to the modern, scientific politics of Machiavelli and Hobbes, highlighting the potential interplay of literature and politics in an ideal state.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Toronto Iberic
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.9in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    ‘Cascardi provides illuminating commentary on the overlooked influence of political philosophy upon Cervantes’s
    Barbara Simerka
    Renaissance Quarterly; vol 65:03:2012

    Phyllis Goodhart Gordon Book Prize awarded by Renaissance Society of America
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  • Author Information

    Anthony J. Cascardi is the director of the Townsend Center for the Humanities and a professor of Comparative Literature, Rhetoric, and Spanish and Portuguese at the University of California, Berkeley.

  • Table of contents

    Acknowledgments

    1. Introduction

    2. What the Canon Said

    3. Views from Nowhere

    4. Controversies

    5. The Practice of Theory

    6. Politics Brought Down to Earth

    7. Imagining the Nation

    8. Civil Society, Virtue, and the Pursuit of Happiness

    9. Free Speech?

    Notes

    Index

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