Sofie Kluge's book was originally written in Danish under the title Don Quixote og romangenren and published in 2006. The greatly puffed up title in translation seems to add little to the significance of the work, and the subtitle might suggest an involvement with contemporary narrative theory or theories of the novel. Such is not the case. It is, rather a study of some classic theories of the novel based “upon an underlying issue of aesthetics” (1).

The six chapters bear the following self-explanatory titles that orient the reading of the book:

I. ENLIGHTENMENT RECEPTION OF DON QUIJOTE

II. ATHENÄUM-ROMANTICISM

III. GEORG LUKÁCS' THEORY OF THE NOVEL

IV. VIKTOR SHKLOVSKY'S THEORY OF PROSE

V. ERICH AUBERACH'S THEORY OF REALISM

VI. MILAN KUNDERA'S ART OF THE NOVEL

Chapter I places stress on Gregorio Mayáns y Siscar's biography of Cervantes, published in 1742, as the first serious critical consideration of Don Quijote...

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