McTyeire Fireside Chat: Approaching Don Quixote
10/24/2013, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
- Anja Bandas
- McTyeire International House Fireside Lounge
- VU Community only
Professor Edward Friedman, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Spanish, Professor of Comparative Literature and European Studies, and Director, Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, presents the McTyeire Fireside Chat 'Approaching Don Quixote':
Miguel de Cervantes’s Don Quixote, published in two parts in 1605 and 1615, is the consensus choice as “the best novel ever.” The talk will focus on how this Spanish masterpiece has maintained the interest of readers and scholars for four hundred years. In a type of literary paradox, Cervantes brings in the past as a means of pointing toward the future, and his narrative is not only the story of an anachronistic knight errant and his winsome squire, but also the story of its own composition. Cervantes’s comic vision is profound as well as profoundly entertaining.