Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Cervantes, Miguel de Saavedra

(1547-1616) Spanish writer whose Don Quixote (1605; Part Two added 1615) is a Taproot Text for fantasy, though the book may fairly be read as a sustained assault upon the falsities of Romance. But Don Quixote himself, indissolubly linked with his Shadow Sancho Panza, is a figure of irresistible potency and an emblem of the melancholy of this world. MDC may have intended his tale as exemplary; but it is also a tale of Bondage. Don Quixote dies to the Otherworld and expires in this one. He is the central Underlier figure for the aesthete who baulks at Metamorphosis or transcendence, for the Knight of the Doleful Countenance. [JC]

Miguel de Saavedra Cervantes


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