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Synonyms for quixotism

quixotic (romantic and impractical) behavior

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Adiciones and Historia aim to banish quixotism from eighteenth-century society by killing Don Quijote's legacy in his squire and using the latter as a vehicle for moral and societal reform.
If eighteenth-century literary debates about novel-reading and quixotism join the narrative function of speech-acts like the generalization and the precept to ground Raff's argument, the most significant--and controversial support comes in her analysis of the relationship between Austen and her niece, Fanny Knight.
Ivana pursues it through his texts with the aid of two critical authors who are his constant theoretical guides: Michael McKeon, who in The Origins of the English Novel 1600-1740 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002) advanced the idea of the interplay between 'questions of truth' and 'questions of virtue' in the rise of the novel, and Wendy Motooka, whose Quixotism, Sentimentalism and Political Economy in Eighteenth-Century Britain (Routledge, 1998) argued for the relativizing effect of Quixotic 'unreason' in the context of eighteenth-century moral and political thought.
Tim O'Brien and Robert Stone let themselves be puzzled in Vietnam, and occasionally in the Middle East or Latin America, but it always feels as if the whole journey is a variation on the theme of American Quixotism.
From [Bourdieu's] early concept of Quixotism [from Don Quixote] .
It was a quixotism born partly of a turbulent love life, that of a woman "whose feminism was above all concerned with the respect for, and the preservation of, true masculinity.
Yet it is not nostalgia that drives Hobza; what seems more apparent is the pleasure she takes in the quixotism of her self-appointed missions.
His self-conscious Quixotism would seem invulnerable to the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, an almost superhuman agency and idealized portrait of autonomy in the teeth of the disenchanted world.
Nadezhdin referred to the Pretender's behavior as "Romantic Don Quixotism," (14) while P.
Perhaps these personal directions from Cervantes and Fielding are what distinguish them from the eighteenth-century didactic novelists whom Sarah Raft, in "Quixotes, Precepts, and Galateas: the Didactic Novel in Eighteenth-Century Britain," accuses of "dott[ing] their works with instructive generalizations not so that they could avoid seducing and promoting quixotism in their readers, but rather in order to do so.
Although Kelroy (assumed to have been written by Rebecca Rush) has fallen out of print, Tabitha Tenney's Female Quixotism remains available from Oxford, and Broadview recently has published Susanna Rowson's Reuben and Rachel and a combined edition of Leonora Sansay's Secret History and Laura.
This literary perspective nurtures the novel of "the romanticism of disillusionment" (Lukacs) and "Psychological novel" (Lucien Goldmann), typified by quixotism and messianism, the type advocated by F.
There was a dance called "Sancho-Panzo," and the knight's name was used as a noun and an adjective in many different forms--Don-Quichotery, Quixotry, Donquixoting, Quixotism, Quixot-Chivalry, Don-quicksotism, Quicksot, Quixot-Chivalry, Quixotism, Don Quixotissimo, She-Donna Quixot, shee-Quixot, Quixotticall, Quixot-like, Don Quick-sottish, Quixotian.
As Wood examines characters such as Updike Underhill in Tyler's The Algerine Captive (1797), Brackenridge's Captain Farrago(Modern Chivalry, 1792-1815), Tenney's Dorcasina Female Quixotism, 1801), and Washington Irving's Diedrich Knickerbocker in A History of New York (1809), she may not convince readers that all are descendants of the Don, but that hardly matters: what one takes away here is not only Wood's infectious enthusiasm, but also the extraordinary multiplicity of writing in the early republic.
conception of sentimentality as political quixotism supplies an early