Don Quixote is arguably the most influential prose narrative in world history. It explores many of the generic possibilities of telling stories in that medium and it does so by using techniques, such as the disnarrated, that have only recently been categorized by specialists in narrative discourse. It will become a mine of resources for novelists and is still widely read today. The eponymous lead character, Don Quixote de la Mancha, a poor country gentleman about fifty years of age, has befuddled his sense of reality by exhaustive reading in the romances and ballads of chivalry (see esp. Riquer). Clad in antiquated armor and accompanied by his trusty squire Sancho Panza, he rides about on his old nag Rocinante seeking …
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