James A. Parr is Distinguished Professor of Spanish Literature at the University of California, Riverside. He has focused increasingly in recent years on Don Quixote and Don Juan, for he considers them to be the two most compelling characters of Hispanic literature. His critical work is informed by narratology, deconstruction, and genre theory primarily. He classifies himself as a humanistic formalist. He eschews the notion of "post" anything, considering that there is much of value still to be found in earlier times. He considers continuity to be more prevalent than rupture. He remains enamored of ideas but is dubious of ideologies, which he sees as ossified and insufficiently examined ideas.
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