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Epple publishes second volume of microstories based on Don Quijote

Professor Emeritus of Spanish Juan Armando Epple, has published Microquijotes 2 (New York: The Northamerican Academy of the Spanish Language/Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Espanola, 2016). This anthology includes Spanish short-short fictions based on Don Quixote, with an introduction describing Cervantes’s novel influence on contemporary Spanish fiction.

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Costales presents bilingual children’s books at Canby Public Library

Through funding from the American Library Association (ALA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Canby Public Library is one of four Oregon Libraries to present an extensive program exploring Latino experiences in the United States. On Thursday, February 25 at 6:30 pm, bilingual children’s author and Senior Instructor of Spanish Amy Costales will tell stories, speak about the importance of Spanish heritage language and the creative writing process.

El Libro del Caballero Zifar Paris BN MS Espagnol 36 f32r. Source: Wikipedia

Arabic texts provide key to understanding early Spanish fiction

El Libro del Caballero Zifar Paris BN MS Espagnol 36 f32r. Source: Wikipedia

Professor of Spanish David Wacks has published “Popular Andalusi Literature and Castilian Fiction: Ziyad Ibn ‘Amir Al-Kinani, 101 Nights, and Caballero Zifar” in Revista de Poética Medieval 29 (2015): 311–335. A self-archived postprint is available at:

As it turns out, the popular literature of Muslim Spain was an important influence on early Spanish fiction. There is very little manuscript evidence of the popular (non-courtly) literature of al-Andalus (Muslim


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