Chapter Three: The Names of Don Quixote
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Chapter Three The Names of Don Quixote
“Don Quixote stands tall and keeps fighting.”
“For you have spilt your face upon many.”
Cyprian Kamil Norwid
Writing “something like The Names of Don Quixote” was actually suggested by José Ortega y Gasset, who alluded to Fray Luis de León’s book Nombres de Cristo.239 Although the author of Meditations on Quixote analyses “Quixotism” as a characteristic of Cervantes’s literary style materialised in his brilliant novel, his formulation may serve as a handy catchphrase to display an array of old and new personal incarnations of the values of Quixotism.
My opulent, though by no means ultimately complete, research material can be divided into three groups. The first one contains manifestations of Quixotism as discerned in personalities – identities of people and literary characters. They include various (self)descriptions that boil down to declaring “X is a Don Quixote” or “I am a Don Quixote” (those are, of course, not so frequent in the humanities), but also “I am not a Don Quixote” or “I am a Don Quixote á rebours.”240 ← 91 | 92 → Sometimes the name of Don Quixote is given to a collective subject, such as a nation. This is the case in Ignacy Kraszewski’s novel My i Oni (Us and Them), in which the Poles refer to themselves as knights as opposed to the Muscovite soldiers – “soldats.” “You’re soldats’ children, we’re knights’ scions,”241 says...
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