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Don Quixote Social Sensitivity

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The novel has been subject to Marxist analysis and to psychoanalysis among many other interpretations. Most analysts find much here to praise, as does linguist Elizabeth A. Spiller, for example. She says in the Modern Language Quarterly that If Don Quijote as a whole narrates the literary-historical transformation of the romance into the novel, the Sierra Morena episode extends this analysis to the larger question of how reading practices changed during the early modern period. In this episode each character—from Gardenio to the illiterate Sancho—becomes in some sense a reader of romance. In the succession of their readings, Cervantes encapsulates a literary history of how romance reading changed during the previous hundred years.

Another issue raised on the symbolic level involves the possible immorality of reading "too many" books. This may be a veiled protest against the Index of Prohibited Books of the Catholic...

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