228 pp., 6 x 9, notes, index
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-9294-7
Published: January 2007
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Employing both close readings and monster theory, Miñana argues that Cervantes' protagonists--as well as the very discourse that forges them--are monstrous: extreme, beyond the norm, threatening and threatened, spectacular, and fluid in identity, form, and behavior. Cervantes' pervasive discourse of monstrosity ultimately destabilizes fixed meanings and identities as it interrogates biological, social, legal, religious, and aesthetic orders. As extraordinary beings that test the limits of identity and narrative, Miñana argues, Cervantine talking monsters ultimately reveal the interpretive and discursive nature of the modern subject.
About the Author
Rogelio Miñana is associate professor and chair of Spanish at Mount Holyoke College.
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