The Pre Cide Hamete Deflationist Character Of Cervantes's Authorship Of Shakespeare's Don Quixote

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1 All citations from Don Quixote I-II come from the following edition of the book: Cervantes, Miguel. Don Quijote de La Mancha. Ed. Francisco Rico. Instituto Cervantes: Barcelona, 1998. Print. 2 In this sense, the role of the pre-Cide Hamete deflationist character of Cervantes 's authorship of/in Don Quixote I-II as hinted at in the late stages of this prologue and subsequently throughout the book, is to be understood as part of his strategy to insists on the importance of linguistic self-awareness through the deployment of the self-reflective narrative technique, e.g. by warning us that the poems of praise featuring in his book are counterfeit, but including them nevertheless. 3 Born in 1547, he struggled throughout his entire life, plus upon his enrollment as a soldier, he was badly wounded in The Battle of Lepanto, his subsequent capture by the Turks earning him a five-year period of imprisonment, not to mention that his request to emigrate to America was twice turned down and he lived in really precarious conditions during his writing of Don Quixote Part I. 4 This approach is much satirized by Cervantes in Los baños de Argel, La Gran Sultana, La Eleccion de los Alcaldes de Aganzo (1615) and of course, Don Quixote I-II. As Zizek claims, what bothers us in the Other (the non-Christian) is “that he appears to entertain a privileged relationship to the object. The other either possesses the object-treasure, having snatched it away from us (which is why we don’t have it), or

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