Alban Forcione analyzes the problem which has most troubled modern readers of the Persiles, its episodic character and confusing proliferation of action. Examining closely the structure of the romance Cervantes considered his masterpiece and boldest contribution to literature, Mr. Forcione discerns in it a simple pattern: a coherent cycle of catastrophe and restoration linked symbolically to the Christian vision of man's fall and redemption.
Originally published in 1972.
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Table of Contents:
- Frontmatter, pg. i
- Preface, pg. v
- Contents, pg. vii
- Introduction, pg. 1
- Chapter One. Imitation and Innovation, pg. 13
- Chapter Two. Plot, pg. 64
- Chapter Three. Episodes, pg. 108
- Chapter Four. Literature in the Quixote and the Persiles, pg. 149
- Epilogue. The Poet's Farewell: Where Life and Literature Meet, pg. 157
- Index, pg. 165
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