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The Long Shadow of Don Quixote


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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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Barbaruk, Magdalena, 1981- | Poniatowska, Patrycja, translator. Title: The long shadow of Don Quixote / Magdalena Barbaruk ; translated by Patrycja Poniatowska. Other titles: Długi cień Don Kichota. English Description: Frankfurt am Main ; New York : Peter Lang, 2015. | Series: Interdisciplinary studies in performance ; 3 | Includes bibliographical references. Identifiers: LCCN 2015037461 | ISBN 9783631666531 Subjects: LCSH: Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de, 1547-1616. Don Quixote. | Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de, 1547-1616—Influence. | Don Quixote (Fictitious character)—In literature. Classification: LCC PQ6352 .B326 2015 | DDC 863/.3—dc23 LC record available at

This publication was financially supported by the Department of Historical and Pedagogical Sciences of the University of Wrocław.

ISSN 2364-3919 ISBN 978-3-631-66653-1 (Print) E-ISBN 978-3-653-06032-4 (E-Book) DOI 10.3726/978-3-653-06032-4

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