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Don Quixote in Simpson Library


The Don Quixote exhibit in Simpson library was made to show the appreciation of the book Don Quixote. Don Quixote is the first modern novel and is known as one of the greatest works in Spanish literature. In our exhibit, we tried to encapsulate the true meaning of Don Quixote by including paintings, books, and movies that were all inspired by the work. This exhibit is also celebrating the 400th year anniversary of the author of Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes. We used books such as three different translations of Don Quxiote, Don Quixote: Hero or Fool, Tilting at Windmills, Don Quixote in England: The aesthetics of laughter: Biografia de Sancho Panza, and the Cervantes Encyclopedia Volume II. All of these books analyze Don Quixote or discuss the characters involved in the novel. There are also several pieces of art in the exhibit including Don Quixote and Sancho Panza by Honoré Daumier, Don Quixote’s Windmill Adventure by Dominica Alcantara, Don Quixote by Scott Gustafon, and lastly Don Quixote by Pablo Picasso. These four paintings are all by famous artists and portray Don Quixote with his horse, Rocinante as well as one of the most important scenes in the novel; Don Quixote fighting the windmills. Lastly we added two movies called El Quijote, and El Caballero Don Quixote. These movies are interpretations of the book. One is from 2003, and the other from 1993. The purpose of the exhibit is to reach out to those not brave enough to take on the great novel, but still allow them to gain the important lessons taught by our beloved protagonist, Don Quixote.


Allen, John Jay. Don Quixote, Hero or Fool; a Study in Narrative Technique. Gainesville: U of Florida, 1969. Print.

El Caballero Don Quixote Dir. Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón. 2002.

El Quijote Don Quijote, 1993, Fernando Rey, Princeton, N.J.: Films for the Humanities & Sciences

Don Quixote and Sancho Panza , 1855, Honoré-Victorin Daumier

Don Quixote’s Windmill Adventure, n.d., Dominica Alcantara

Don Quixote, 1955, Pablo Picasso

“DON QUIXOTE”, n.d., by Scott Gustafson

De, Cervantes Saavedra Miguel, and Edith Grossman. Don Quixote. New York: Ecco, HarperCollins, 2005. Print.

De, Cervantes Saavedra Miguel, and Samuel Putnam. The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote De La Mancha. New York: Viking, 1949. Print.

De, Cervantes Saavedra Miguel. The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote De La Manchea. New York: Viking, 1949. Print.

Mancing, Howard. The Cervantes Encyclopedia. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2004. Print

Mieder, Wolfgang. Tilting at Windmills: History and Meaning of a Proverbial Allusion to Cervantes’ Don Quixote. Burlington, VT: U of Vermont, 2006. Print.

Paulson, Ronald. Don Quixote in England: The Aesthetics of Laughter. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 1998. Print.

R., Romero Flores Hipólito. Biografía De Sancho Panza, Filósofo De La Sensatez. Barcelona: Editorial Aedos, 1955. Print.