Academic journal article Hispanic Review

Cervantes, the Novel, and the New World

Academic journal article Hispanic Review

Cervantes, the Novel, and the New World

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Cervantes, the Novel, and the New World. By Diana de Armas Wilson. New York: Oxford UP, 2000

The distinguished scholar Diana de Armas Wilson offers a new work, Cervantes, the Novel, and the New World, documenting her arguments with the new edition of Don Quijote (1998) by Francisco Rico and the edition of Persiles y Sigismunda (1969) by Juan Bautista de Avalle-Arce.

The introduction presents an outline of basic novelistic issues, tracing the impact of Persiles and Don Quixote, each in its own way a prototype of the modern novel. The book's eight chapters disclose some impressive erudition. They are arranged in a logical and cohesive sequence with an elegant summary of investigation, indispensable for providing an appropriate critical-historical context. The book's conclusion-Women in Translation: Transila and La Malinche-shows how language can be conceived of as "translation," and not only in Don Quixote. The author argues for Cervantes's linguistic hybridity, incorporating the use of certain freshly-imported Caribbean terms.

The bibliography is detailed, carefully selected, and reliable. All the chapters offer scholarly information on the social, economic, multilingual, multicultural, and literary milieu in which Cervantes lived, helping readers to better understand the huge geographical sprawl and cross-cultural contact between the Old and the New World. …

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