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Title: Two readings of Quixote: Cajal and Turgenev
Other Titles: Dos lecturas del Quijote: Cajal y Turgenev
Authors: Triarhou, Lazaros C
Type: Article
Subjects: FRASCATI::Humanities::Languages and Literature
FRASCATI::Medical and Health sciences::Basic medicine::Neurosciences (including: Psychophysiology)
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Sociedad Española de Neurología
Source: Neurosciences and History
Volume: 3
Issue: 4
First Page: 154
Last Page: 165
Abstract: This article juxtaposes two impressions of ‘The ingenious gentleman of La Mancha’ by Spanish histologist Santiago Ramón y Cajal (1905), one of the greatest minds in neuroanatomy, and by Russian novelist Ivan Turgenev (1860), known among neuroanatomists for having the largest brain recorded among eminent men. In a remarkable convergence, the two scholars echo parallel conceptions of the Cervantean epos as a compendium of human life. Quixote represents the pinnacle of honour and altruism, and a ‘knock’ to contemporary materialism, through his devotion to truth, beauty and virtue. Turgenev contrasts him with Hamlet: these antipodal ‘eternal human types’ constitute psychological components blending in every individual to form the personality. For Cajal, Quixotic loyalty to duty must be at the epicentre of any true science, the most laudable ambition imbued with universal love. For Turgenev, love is the only valid law, not as a simple emotion, but as the truth of existence.
ISSN: 2254-6146
Electronic ISSN: 2341-1813
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