Two related issues prompt this study: the European awareness of the New World and the rise of the Cervantine novel in Spain. This is the first full-length study to include information from Cervantes' references of Mexico and Peru, including cannibals, tobacco, parrots and alligators. This book looks past Cervantes's experience in the Indies and interprets his novels as transatlantic, cross-cultural, and multi-linguistic achievements.
About the Author
Diana de Armas Wilson is a retired Denver University Professor Emerita, with an appointment in Renaissance Studies. She is a bilingual Latina. She holds a current NEH grant, and her latest publication is an English translation of a 1570s Spanish chronicle of captivity in Ottoman Algiers (An Early Modern Dialogue with Islam, Notre Dame UP, 2011). She is the sole editor of the latest Norton Critical Edition of Don Quixote and the author of four scholarly books on Cervantes. She has just finished a stage play titled Madman of La Mancha (unpublished but under copyright). She has given keynote talks at various American universities, in Costa Rica, and in Oxford, England. Most recently she has been invited to give papers in Barcelona, Algiers, and Istanbul. She is a widow and the mother of four daughters.