UK Celebrates ‘Don Quixote’ Anniversary

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The weeklong celebration will include a reading of “Don Quixote” – in both Spanish and English – each day of the week by faculty, students and guest readers from UK and four other regional colleges and universities. Edward F. Stanton, professor and chair of UK’s Department of Hispanic Studies, said, “One purpose of Cervantes Week, is to highlight the fact that ‘Don Quixote’ is the cornerstone of the modern novel.”

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 6, 2005) -- Because it is second only to the Bible as the world’s most translated book, most people are probably familiar with the basic story of Miguel de Cervantes’ great novel, “Don Quixote,” and can probably even quote one of its more well known episodes about “tilting at windmills.”

Despite its widespread translation and popularity, the number of people who have actually read the book – either in its native Spanish or in English – is likely much smaller. Part I of “Don Quixote” was published in 1605, Part II in 1615.

In order to bring “Don Quixote” to the attention of people in the Bluegrass and to celebrate the works’ 400th anniversary, the Department of Hispanic Studies at the University of Kentucky will hold a “Semana Cervantina” (Cervantes Week) April 11-15.

The celebration will kick off at 2 p.m. Monday, April 11, with a public lecture by John J. Allen and Patricia Finch, in the Niles Gallery of the Lucille Little Fine Arts Library on the UK campus. The title of the lecture is “Smiles and Laughter: On the Enduring Appeal of ‘Don Quixote.’”

All events, including the readings, are free and open to the public.

The weeklong celebration will include a reading of “Don Quixote” – in both Spanish and English – each day of the week by faculty, students and guest readers from UK and four other regional colleges and universities. Edward F. Stanton, professor and chair of UK’s Department of Hispanic Studies, said, “One purpose of Cervantes Week, is to highlight the fact that ‘Don Quixote’ is the cornerstone of the modern novel.”

The schedule for the ”Don Quixote” readings and the groups who will be reading are as follows:

Monday, April 11, 3-5:30 p.m., Lexmark Public Room and veranda, Main Building: faculty and students of Centre College, with reception and refreshments

Tuesday, April 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., balcony, Intermezzo, Patterson Office Tower and Patterson Plaza: faculty and students of Asbury College (10 a.m. - noon) and UK (noon to 4 p.m.)

Wednesday, April 13, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Free Speech Area, Student Center: faculty and students of UK (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and Georgetown College (3 to 5 p.m.)

Thursday, April 14, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., balcony, Intermezzo, Patterson Office Tower and the Patterson Plaza: faculty and students of UK

Friday, April 15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., balcony, Intermezzo, Patterson Office Tower: faculty and students of UK (10 a.m. to noon) and Transylvania University (noon to 2 p.m.)

CONTACT: For further information about the Cervantes Week celebration, contact Edward F. Stanton, chair, Department of Hispanic Studies, by telephone at (859) 257-1565 or by e-mail at stanton@uky.edu.


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