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The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures Presents 

X Florida Cervantes Symposium
Cold War Quixote: Cervantes in Post-War US
Lecture by William Childers, Brooklyn College and CUNY Graduate Center


March 18, 2016 at 4:30PM
MLL Conference Room - Merrick Building 210-01

The success of Man of La Mancha has cut us off from an approach to Don Quixote as a satirical and experimental work, prevalent among writers and filmmakers in the U.S. during the Cold War. Unlike the famous musical, whose theme song is recognized everywhere, American interest in Cervantes’s novel after World War II is very little known. My current project is a reconstruction of what I term the “activist Quixotism” thriving in the period. This talk focuses mainly on the year 1965, a year in which many Quixote-related projects were coming to fruition, and whose true significance as a turning-point in the history of the reception of Cervantes on our shores has never been adequately explained.

Dr. Childers’ talk is part of the X Florida Cervantes Symposium, which will be held in the Modern Languages and Literatures Conference Room, March 18-19, 2016.  Organized by Anne J. Cruz, the symposium, which is held annually in Florida, this year commemorates the 400th anniversary of Cervantes’s death. It will include talks by Cervantes scholars and MLL graduate students on Cervantes and his world. 

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William Childers teaches at Brooklyn College and CUNY Graduate Center. He is the author of Transnational Cervantes, awarded the MLA Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize. He has published numerous articles on Cervantes and other aspects of the cultural history of early modern Spain. He is working on two projects: the Moriscos and the Inquisition in Spain, and the presence of Cervantes’s Don Quixote in the U.S. during the Cold War.

The lecture and the symposium are co-sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages and Literature, the John Carter Memorial Fund, and the Cervantes Society of America.

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