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The Long Shadow of Don Quixote

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Magdalena Barbaruk

The author traces the resurgence of Don Quixote in the contemporary humanities. In the aftermath of World War II, the figure underwent the most radical re-interpretation since Romanticism. These changes speak volumes about our culture. Drawing on the theoretical framework of the specifically Polish variety of cultural studies, this book makes Don Quixote a patron of cultural reflection. With culture conceptualised as performative, Quixotism is «the cultivation of the soul,» an axiotic space which forms human ways of life across epochs. In this way, the history of culture can be re-written as a history of values frenzy, bibliomania or evil.

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Interdisciplinary Studies in Performance 33Interdisciplinary Studies in Performance 3 The Long Shadow of Don Quixote Magdalena Barbaruk The Long Shadow of Don Quixote Magdalena Barbaruk M ag d al en a B ar b ar u k T h e L on g Sh ad o w o f D on Q u ix ot e The author traces the resurgence of Don Quixote in the contemporary humanities. In the aftermath of World War II, the figure underwent the most radical re-interpre- tation since Romanticism. These changes speak volumes about our culture. Drawing on the theoretical framework of the spe- cifically Polish variety of cultural studies, this book makes Don Quixote a patron of cultural reflection. With culture conceptu- alised as performative, Quixotism is “the cultivation of the soul,” an axiotic space which forms human ways of life across ep- ochs. In this way, the history of culture can be re-written as a history of values frenzy, bibliomania or evil. The Author Magdalena Barbaruk lectures at the University of Wrocław. She researches the culture of Spanish-speaking countries and the cultural potential of literature. ISBN 978-3-631-66653-1 ISPE 03 266653_Barbaruk_gr_A5HC PLE edition new.indd 1 19.11.15 KW 47 10:18 Interdisciplinary Studies in Performance 33Interdisciplinary Studies in Performance 3 The Long Shadow of Don Quixote Magdalena Barbaruk The Long Shadow of Don Quixote Magdalena Barbaruk M ag d al en a B ar b ar u k T h e L on g Sh ad o w o f...

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