Quixotic novels involve false heroism and quixotism is the impracticality in pursuit of ideals, especially those ideals manifested by rash, lofty and romantic ideas or extravagantly chivalrous action. It also serves to describe an idealism without regard to practicality. An impulsive person or act might be regarded as quixotic.
Writer/Professor Alan Nafzger explained, “Quixotism is every freaking cop in this country thinking they are an essential hero when they are worthless f***ing idiots that were cut from the high school football team and are now compensating by shooting minorities and violating the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th Amendments as often as they see fit. “
Basically we are speaking about Don Quixote and five other Quixotic Novels: The Reconquista Cowboy, Moby Dick , Madame Bovary , Middlemarch , and The Great Gatsby.
Quixotism is usually related to “over-idealism”, meaning an idealism that doesn’t take consequence or absurdity into account. It is also related to naïve romanticism and to utopianism.
The Reconquista Cowboy (Paperback)
by Alan Nafzger (McMurtry Prize Winner)
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The Female Quixote, or the Adventures of Arabella (Paperback)
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Geography of Grace: Doing Theology From Below (Paperback)
by Kris Rocke
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