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Posts by Julian Bonilla-Vazquez

Blog Post Compilation

Blog Post Compilation

Linked screenshot of the timeline made by Julian, Nell, Mike, and Sisi. It consists of 43 stories, all excerpts of our own blog posts, covering a wide variety of topics and themes; this includes fantasy vs. reality, literary techniques, and social issues that have contemporary ties and are still relevant.

Of Bodily Autonomy/Integrity and Good...

Of Bodily Autonomy/Integrity and Goodbyes

Controversial topics, even those that resonate contemporaneously, are not hard to find in the novel Don Quixote. However, I have found what could be the greatest scene depicting Cervantes’s views on bodily autonomy within the novel in these last set of chapters. This pulls at some very recent discussions on bodily autonomy that I’ve read lately, a […]

Of Cross-Dressing, Gender, and Patria...

Of Cross-Dressing, Gender, and Patriarchy

A semi-common motif within the novel Don Quixote is cross-dressing. It is, to my observation, not because the woman (most usually) identifies as a man or any number of non-binary genders, but because of the social constraints placed on women during the 17th century. Gender is a social construct, an ever evolving assumption that the differences […]

Overlooking the Obvious

Overlooking the Obvious

There have been instances, rather many and varied, where don Quixote should have, in my own opinion, been able to pick up that what’s happening around him is a ruse. A farce set up by the duke and duchess to have their fun. One such occasion being when don Quixote drew a parallel between Clavileno […]

Social Classes

Social Classes

I’m going to be relating this once again to my anthropology class since our subjects seem to be relevant to one another in parts. In both classes we have touched upon the subject of classes, groupings of similar people in a social hierarchy. Classes are dictated by criteria, such as ‘occupation, education, and income.’ Sociology: Understanding and Changing […]

Discordant Wisdom

Discordant Wisdom

A subject that I think we’ve yet to discuss in class is don Quixote’s wisdom. Despite his many, many rash actions, don Quixote is actually a man of great wisdom. It struck me particularly true (and personally) when reading about Camacho’s wedding. He advises Basilio on leading his life with Quiteria in such a way as […]

Adventure of the Lions

Adventure of the Lions

By: Nell, Sisi, Julian and Michael

A New Don Quixote

A New Don Quixote

Upon beginning to read the second part of the book, I have been taken by surprise. It’s like the characters are wolves wearing sheep’s skin. In other words, they are brand new characters hiding under the guises and names of characters from the first part. This is especially apparent when don Quixote doesn’t attack the theater actors […]

Digital Storytelling

Digital Storytelling

I couldn’t figure out how to embed… or do much of anything so I did a thing where they were exported as JPEG files (images I think?) and then I saved them to the site and put them here. Sorry if this is not what you had intended.

Irony

Irony

Backtracking a little bit into chapter 37 of the novel, I find Don Quixote engaged in… discourse. This chapter-and-a-half long speech extolling the arduousness of chivalry, and it’s superiority, over that of the life of a scholar, shows, as remarked upon several times in the text, the keen intellect that drives don Quixote. He delivers […]