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Ruth El Saffar
University of Illinois at Chicago (Chicago, IL 60607-3320)

Cervantes and the Development of the Novel

Analysis of Don Quixote to deduce principles of characterization and structure which can then be used analyze Cervantes' minor works. ABSTRACT: Fellow to analyze in Don Quixote charactersitics through which Cervantes' minor works preceding Quixote can be studied. Cervantes shows a clear preoccupation with the relationship between lying, insanity and artistic creation; characters adopt self-invented roles in preference to the acceptance of roles externally imposed. Fellow to analyze episodes in Quixote to show how all Cervantes' characters reflect a division into elements of object, subject and observer; distinctions between characters, and between characters, author and reader, tend to blur. Fellow will then apply general principles deduced from Quixote to Cervantes' minor works.

Project fields:
Literature, General

Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$9,500 (approved)
$9,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/1970 – 6/30/1971