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Middlebrook on Why Read Don Quijote?

In February, Leah Middlebrook spoke at a panel on Why Read Don Quijote Now? as part of the U.C. Berkeley Designated Emphasis on Renaissance and Early Modern Studies’ series “Why Read…?” Her short talk, titled “Knight + Duenna as a Way of Life,” took a twenty-first century look at the theme of friendship in the novel.

Cristina Moreiras-Menor’s Open Lecture at the UO

The RLGSA (RL Graduate Student Association) is hosting Cristina Moreiras-Menor this week. On March 14th, she will offer a lecture on the film “Biutiful” entitled “Death, Afterlife and the Question of Existence” in 115 Lawrence Hall at 3:30pm.

On Thursday, March 15: Workshop with students and faculty from 10:00 to 11:30 at EMU 230.

Later that Thursday: Mini talk with RL faculty and graduate students from 1 to 1:50 at 306 Deady.

Moreiras-Menor the author of Cultura herida: literatura y cine en la España democrática (Ediciones Libertarias, 2002) and La estela del tiempo:


Hester publishes article on baroque poetry about Christopher Columbus

This essay examines Girolamo Graziani’s well-received epic poem, Il Conquisto di Granata (The Conquest of Granada, 1650), as a compelling piece of an Italian genealogy of New World Italian epic poetry, to which corpus the Conquisto belongs, despite its title. Indeed, in a convenient reworking of the historical timeline, the Columbus of this work returns to Spain from his first voyage to the Americas in time to fight the Moors of Granada, and he plays a decisive role in their defeat. The poetic project of the Conquisto incorporates three main aims: to address and remedy criticisms leveled


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