Quixotic contradiction: Aporia and Cervantes' "Don Quijote"
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This project investigates the field of Cervantes studies, most specifically with a focus on Don Quijote , through the supposition that due to the aporetic nature of the text it is problematic to propose a unified reading of it. After an explanation of aporia and the aporetic nature of Don Quijote , a sampling of the more historically-based critical readings is considered in conjunction with the consequences of aporia. A similar analysis is conducted on more theoretically-based critical readings. Finally the concept of aporia is applied directly to the issue of Sancho's disappearing donkey and two opposed explanations of this strange case; both of which tend to lean toward one or the other of the two previously mentioned critical avenues. The goal is to provide the possibility of further analysis of the text while keeping in mind the advantages and disadvantages of the existent critical trends. KEYWORDS: Cervantes, Don Quijote, Aporia, Cervantes Studies, Historicism, Postmodern Theory.