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Cervantes, the Novel, and the New World

Diana de Armas Wilson


Two sets of related issues prompt this study: the birth of the New World in European consciousness and the rise of the Cervantine novel in Spain. The conquest, exploration, and colonization of the Indies resonate through Cervantes's two novels, Don Quixote (1605, 1615) and the Persiles (1617), both fortified by imperialism. Cervantes begins publishing in the 1580s, just as the might of imperial Spain turned from Europe towards the Atlantic. Twice refused emigration papers to America – which he depicts as the ‘refuge and haven of all the desperate men of Spain’ – Cervantes turned to fiction. ... More

Keywords: Cervantes, New World, Don Quixote, Persiles, imperialism, Spain, Indies, America, novels, colonization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198160052
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198160052.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Diana de Armas Wilson, author