Interruption and the fragment: Heliodorus and persiles

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Interruption – as David Hillman and Adam Phillips note – can be meaningful by design – “ a fig-leaf covering the fragmentary state of things (selves, worlds, sentences)” (8). With this framework in mind, the present essay seeks to clarify how and to what degree Cervantes (in his famous boast) audaciously “competes” with Heliodorus and his Aethiopika in Persiles1 by means of interruption (of genre, plot, and, more important, epistemology). He barely conceals (while systematically evoking) the Hellenistic auctor, whom he aims to surpass rather than merely to “emulate” in his own extravagant baroque experiment.2

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCervantes' Persiles and the Travails of Romance
PublisherUniversity of Toronto Press
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781487530884
ISBN (Print)9781487504786
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities


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