Date of Defense




First Advisor

Dr. Robert Felkel

Second Advisor

Dr. Carolyn Harris

Third Advisor

Dr. Joseph Reish


Pio Baroja defined "the modern novel as a sack which contains everything: letters, sermons, confessions, history, memories, tales of trips, dramatic dialogues, poems, anecdotes, legends; almost everything that circulates through the press or oral tradition" (Alfaro 25). This definition applies to the Quixote, in which Cervantes combines several literary genres in order to conceive the first modern novel in 1605. The Quixote is considered Cervantes' master piece by many people. Cervantes, the most important author of the seventeenth century and perhaps of all Spanish literature, was able to create the first modern novel by introducing and combining elements never seen together before. The fusion of autobiographic, chivalresque, picaresque, pastoral and other literary genres shows Cervantes' ability to move away from the limitation of a more or less codified traditional genre. This paper will examine how Cervantes included diverse literary genres in his novel without disrupting but rather supporting the story .

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only