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Cervantes in Simpson Library

Introduction:

          The Cervantes display case that was made in the Simpson Library was created in order to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Cervantes for the Digital Don Quixote freshman seminar class. The focus of the class is the novel Don Quixote by the author Cervantes. The exhibit was made to showcase who Cervantes was, what he did in his life, and why he is still important today. In the exhibit we including a few of his own novels, biographical books of Cervantes, reviews of his works, a statue, a poster, and a few pictures. The novels written by Cervantes, in Spanish, that we used were: Novelas Ejemplares, Comedias Y Entremeses, and La Galatea. Another book used was The Interludes of Cervantes, this book was chosen because it is one of the closest English translations of Cervantes’ interludes. The book is also interesting because on the left page it has the Spanish version and the right page has the English translation. The books that are reviews and analyses of Cervantes and his work are: Miguel de Cervantes and Cervantes, Aristotle, and the Persiles. The exhibit includes: Cervantes, the Man and the Genius; The Life of Cervantes; The Cervantes Encyclopedia Volume I; and Cervantes. All of these books describe Cervantes’ life, some of the books analyze how events and people in his life impacted his writing. The final books in the case are Works by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra in the Library of Congress, which is organized by the name of each piece of work, then further organized by the language the piece of work is in, and its location in the Library of Congress and Cervantes and the Pictorial Imagination: A Study on the Power of Images and Images of Power in Works by Cervantes which explores Cervantes connection to representational and pictorial schemes that thought in the 1600s. The display case also has a small wooden figurine of Cervantes that was made in Spain, as well as a poster from the Library of Congress’ celebration of Cervantes. Additionally, the exhibit has three printed out pictures, one is a famous portrait of a man who was previously thought to have been Cervantes, the portrait is titled Portrait of Cervantes. The second picture in the display case is that of Cervantes in jail, while in jail he wrote part of his novels, the painting is titled Cervantes in Prison. The final object in the exhibit is a map of Spain, on the map we circled some of the places where Cervantes had lived. All of these items were chosen because they best represent Cervantes’ life and achievements, as well as the showing the expanse of his impact on the world today.

 

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