Don Quixote: A Compendium of Genres, a Book of Books

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Don Quixote may be the first modern novel, but Cervantes did not pull it out of the air like a magician’s bouquet. The Spanish bard borrowed language, story, form and genre, giving them his own indelible stamp. The stories he borrowed became his own.

Obviously, the principal genre Cervantes plundered was chivalric romance. Romances are the authors of Don Quixote’s madness, they serve as guidebooks for his speech and behavior, and they are the templates for the novel. The book follows the typical structure, story line, chronotopes and many conventions, but the heroic tale becomes a parody as it passes through the hands of multiple authors, some realistic and some rhetorical.

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Syllabus for English 110: Composition, Literature and Critical Thinking

The Generation of Genre
ENGLISH 110 – 32162: Composition, Literature and Critical Thinking
College of San Mateo
Ronald B. Richardson

Objective: To experience poetry, fiction, and drama more richly, by exploring the generation of the modern genres of romance, mystery and science fiction.

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