Chapter Two: Research Tools: Between the Reader, the Book and the World
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Chapter Two Research Tools: Between the Reader, the Book and the World
1. Testaments and Styles of Don Quixote’s Reception: Literary-Theoretical Inspirations
Announced in the previous Chapter, the focus of my argument – that is, what values are actualised in various interpretations of Don Quixote (the character and the novel alike) – my research aims and my empirical material require a suitable theoretical framework. As I rely mainly on language sources, I suggest to delimit the question to: What values are actualised in the various readings of Don Quixote circulating in the humanities? A similar question was posed by literature theorist Michał Głowiński in his well-known study “Świadectwa i style odbioru” (“Testaments and Styles of Reception”). In it, Głowiński sought to fathom how Don Quixote was read by Polish Romantic poet Cyprian K. Norwid, whose impression upon reading the book inspired his famous poem “Epos-nasza. 1848.” Głowiński’s argument deserves to be quoted at length also because, as Wrocław-based Spanish studies scholar Piotr Sawicki claims, Norwid’s reading was a blueprint for later Polish interpretations of the knight-errant’s history161:
The poem is, obviously, something more than just a story of reading or a vignette from childhood, but that notwithstanding, it still is a poetic record of a concretisation of Don Quixote. The very title [“An Epic-Ours. 1848”] suggests its direction. Those familiar with Norwid’s ideas about the novel as a genre will not be surprised to see that...
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