Title: Of Humorous Heroes and Nonexistant Knights
Authors: Van Den Bossche, Bart
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Rodopi
Host Document: Don Quijote in the World pages:197-218
Abstract: In many respects, Don Quixote can be considered as a true “literary myth”, whose literary and cultural reception is intertwined, in particolar from the nineteenth century on, with many of the crucial obsessions and preoccupations of modern culture. Some eloquent (and to a certain extent also emblematic or epochal) illustrations of how Don Quixote has become an authentic mythical hero of modernity can be found in the work of Luigi Pirandello and Italo Calvino. Whereas Pirandello tends to consider Don Quixote as the first truly “humoristic” hero of European literature, Calvino’s reworkings of the poems of chivalry (especially of Ariosto’s Orlando Enraged), in parrticular in The Nonexistant Knight nor The Castle of Crossed Destinies, cast at times highly quixotesque shadows, either through some aspects of characters and plot, either (and in particular) through the metaliterary dimension of works.
ISBN: 978-90-420-2583-7
VABB publication type: VABB-4
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IHb
Appears in Collections:Text and Interpretation, Leuven (-)

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