Miguel de Cervantes

Hilaire Kallendorf

in Renaissance and Reformation

ISBN: 9780195399301
Published online May 2010 | | DOI:
Miguel de Cervantes

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Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (b. 1547–d. 1616) is widely considered to be the greatest Spanish writer of all time. His most influential work, also regarded as the first modern novel, is Don Quijote, published in two parts (1605, 1615). He also wrote a pastoral novel, La Galatea (1585), and a Byzantine romance, the Persiles (1617), which was published posthumously. Among his shorter works are a collection of novelas ejemplares (exemplary novels) as well as some comedias (dramatic works in three acts, usually comic). After the Quijote, his short stories are the works considered to be of highest literary quality, although all of his works have been the object of intense critical scrutiny. Cervantes is often compared to Shakespeare—they were exact contemporaries, even dying in the same year—as one of the greatest writers of all time, and one particularly well-placed at the cusp of the modern era. His invention of the autonomous novelistic character is often seen as mirroring the rise of a new self-consciousness or “subjectivity” which in turn is viewed as paradigmatic of the Renaissance.

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Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945) ; Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy

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