Canal March

Miguel de Cervantes’s Style: Literary Context and Creative Personality

Jorge García López

As Jorge García López explains, Don Quixote was written "against the decadent humanism" of the late-sixteenth century and it thus makes use of the ironic style, which Cervantes modulates by resorting to parody, comedy or satire to propose new aesthetic frameworks to the genres of the period (chivalric romance, pastoral and Byzantine novels, the legend of the Abencerrages, picaresque novel, etc.). The origins of Cervantes’s great novel can be found in his entremeses (interludes) and the Exemplary Novels, consisting of realistic stories that explore moral categories using scenes from daily life.

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