Sancho Panza, Illiterate Literary Critic, and the Unmasking of Generic Conventions in Don Quixote

Sancho Panza, Illiterate Literary Critic, and the Unmasking of Generic Conventions in Don Quixote William Worden Cervantes destaca a Sancho contra toda aventura, a fin de que al pasar por ella la haga imposible. Esta es su misión. No vemos, pues, cómo pueda sobre lo real extenderse el campo de la poesía. Mientras lo imaginario era por sí mismo poético, la realidad es por sí misma antipoética. [Cervantes sets Sancho against every adventure so that his involvement makes the adventures impossible. This is his mission. We do not see, then, how the field of poetry can extend itself over the real. While the imaginary was poetic in itself, reality in itself is anti-poetic.] --José Ortega y Gasset, Meditaciones del Quijote In the film Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, a spoof of a highly codified genre (the James Bond spy thriller), the film's villain, Dr. Evil, is having dinner with his rival, Austin Powers, when his teenage son, Scott Evil, enters. The following dialogue ensues: Dr. Evil Scott Evil Dr. Evil Scott Evil Scott, I want you to meet Daddy's nemesis, Austin Powers. Why are you feeding him? Why don't you just kill him? In due time. But what if he escapes? Why don't you just shoot him? What are you waiting http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Comparative Literature Studies Penn State University Press

Sancho Panza, Illiterate Literary Critic, and the Unmasking of Generic Conventions in Don Quixote

Comparative Literature Studies, Volume 43 (4) – Jun 12, 2006

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William Worden Cervantes destaca a Sancho contra toda aventura, a fin de que al pasar por ella la haga imposible. Esta es su misión. No vemos, pues, cómo pueda sobre lo real extenderse el campo de la poesía. Mientras lo imaginario era por sí mismo poético, la realidad es por sí misma antipoética. [Cervantes sets Sancho against every adventure so that his involvement makes the adventures impossible. This is his mission. We do not see, then, how the field of poetry can extend itself over the real. While the imaginary was poetic in itself, reality in itself is anti-poetic.] --José Ortega y Gasset, Meditaciones del Quijote In the film Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, a spoof of a highly codified genre (the James Bond spy thriller), the film's villain, Dr. Evil, is having dinner with his rival, Austin Powers, when his teenage son, Scott Evil, enters. The following dialogue ensues: Dr. Evil Scott Evil Dr. Evil Scott Evil Scott, I want you to meet Daddy's nemesis, Austin Powers. Why are you feeding him? Why don't you just kill him? In due time. But what if he escapes? Why don't you just shoot him? What are you waiting

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Published: Jun 12, 2006

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