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Our studies of Cervantes are focused on his major prose writings, Don Quijote de la Mancha, the Novelas ejemplares and Persiles y Sigismunda. We are interested in all aspects of Cervantine studies, but our work has special reference to three main areas of enquiry:
- form, structure and narrative technique
- humour and irony
- material culture, especially food, sickness and exile
Although Cervantes has come to be regarded as a universal genius, we strongly believe that the best way to approach his work
is from within its historical context. Barry Ife has recently argued this point in the chapter on 'Cervantes and his World' which he contributed to the Cambridge Companion to Cervantes, edited by Anthony Cascardi (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002).1
The reception of Cervantes in England is important to our parallel project on Anglo-Spanish Literary Relations.