Date of Award

12-17-2019

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

World Languages and Cultures

First Advisor

Dr. Elena del Río Parra

Second Advisor

Dr. William Nichols

Abstract

The objective of this thesis is to focus on techniques devised by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra to create several narratives around reality and the imagination. This thesis identifies these narratives, isolates them, and studies their functions within a larger narrative aim: the creation of the first modern novel. Cervantes uses different perspectives within a main plot and several subplots to create a complex narrative. This complexity is achieved by the creation of stories within stories, recounting the adventures of Don Quixote through different authorial voices, sources and times, as well as doppelgangers, pseudonyms, and an alter-ego. All the different narratives give readers, a kaleidoscopic effect in which the observer must make decisions, thus also creating a modern reader.

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