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The Inn and the Dream

The Inn and the Dream

Sharing the same death day is not the only thing Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare have in common. Though Cervantes and Shakespeare may or may not have crossed paths or chatted about their passion for written expression (which is unlikely since the two spoke different languages), both demonstrated a penchant for writing using comedy […]

Madness !

Madness !

A theme that really came up a lot in the chapters from 27 to 38 was madness. The first example I saw was in chapter 27, when the priest and the barber disguise themselves to try to bring Don Quxiote back as well as Cardenio. “So the innkeeper’s wife dressed the priest in a way […]

Cervantes + Bots = Don Quixote?

Cervantes + Bots = Don Quixote?

This week in class we went over twitter bots. They are AI that can create sentences from whatever is imputed into their system. These bots put their own “spin” to the readings imputed, creating a new story with similar parts. They are essentially their own unique author. And this goes along with in class, us […]

Don Quixote, Borges, Twitter Bots, an...

Don Quixote, Borges, Twitter Bots, and First-Year Foucault

This week in my first-year seminar Digital Don Quixote, we discussed authors, narrators, and readers. We read chapters 28-37 of … Más Don Quixote, Borges, Twitter Bots, and First-Year Foucault

Pointless Loyalty

Pointless Loyalty

http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O133631/don-quixote-and-dorothea-oil-painting-leslie-charles-robert/ Loyalty is a big theme throughout Don Quixote. Sancho is loyal to Don Quixote, Don Quixote is loyal to Dulcinea, and Dorothea is loyal to Ferdinand. All of these examples of loyalty, though, have some kind of lie or deception buried in them. Sancho Panza started his journey off with Don Quixote because of […]

Gender: Inclusive Fluidity v. Outdate...

Throughout the novel, the idea of gender fluidity, specifically cross-dressing, is juxtaposed constantly with don Quixote’s rigid and traditional standards towards women. This contrast serves to emphasize don Quixote’s outdated behaviors and hint at his misogynistic nature. In the novel, Cervantes attempts to blur the boundary between both genders with many instances of men and women […]

A Drama Unfolds

A Drama Unfolds

“The instant the storyteller mentioned don Fernando, Cardenio’s face changed color and he broke into a sweat with such agitation….But Cardenio only sweated and remained still, staring at the peasant girl, suspecting who she was.” (Chapter 28) In the recent chapters, a drama has been unfolding slowly. Cardenio found out about what really happened with […]

Don Quixote is Slowly Changing.

Don Quixote is Slowly Changing.

Don Quixote’s madness has begun to alienate him but towards the end of the reading he shows promise that he is still capable of telling a great story and being aware of his surroundings. To go back to how Don Quixote’s madness is alienating himself, I give the example of how instead of returning to […]