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Interrupted Mysticism In Cervantes's Persiles

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This essay discusses how Cervantes refashions mysticism within the context of his secular and material world. By the 16th century, Guadalupe had become one of the most miraculous shrines of Iberia. This essay discusses how Cervantes refashions mysticism within the context of his secular and material world. It is in an intercalated story - often referred to as &t;the episode of Feliciana de la Voz&t; - within his last and posthumous novel. The Trials of Persiles and Sigismunda where he envisages the only event approaching the paradigm of a mystical and / or visionary experience. Cervantes questions the value of the mystical experience by first leading readers to believe that they will witness a supernatural event - during which his protagonist Feliciana and the Virgin Mary will form a divine union - and then abruptly defying the readers' expectations by interrupting the mystical moment. In broad terms, Cervantes casts Feliciana's episode as a perspectivistic exploration of mysticism itself.

Keywords: 16th century; Cervantes; Feliciana; Guadalupe; mysticism; persiles; Sigismunda

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