As with all humanistic methodologies, a dispassionate analysis of cultural studies reveals implicit biases and blind spots attributable to the field's institutional origins. As a critical perspective and apparatus developed for the study of contemporary cultural production, cultural studies exhibit a myopia regarding texts and narratives inherited from previous eras, limiting its critical focus to “new” or “original” cultural production by living authors. As it expanded its reach into earlier historical periods (e.g., early modern cultural studies), this synchronic bias would persist with an emphasis on how cultural products engage their original context, thus excluding their cultural engagement in later periods. Literary Narratives and the Cultural Imagination offers a welcome redress of this myopia through a comparative reading of English and Spanish “national heroes” of literary origin: King Arthur and Don Quixote. María Odette Canivell Arzú's monograph is ambitious and broad in scope—which means that it will be subject to...

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