Go back

Hispanic Cultural Center celebrates 400th anniversary of ‘El Quijote'

In observance of National Hispanic Heritage Month, APSUs Hispanic Cultural Center presents a lecture by Professor Edward Friedman at 6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 7, in the University Center, room 303.

Friedman, a professor of Spanish and comparative literature at Vanderbilt University, will deliver the lecture to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the publication of the novel, El Quijote, by Miguel de Cervantes.
In observance of National Hispanic Heritage Month, APSU's Hispanic Cultural Center presents a lecture by Professor Edward Friedman at 6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 7, in the University Center, room 303.

Friedman, a professor of Spanish and comparative literature at Vanderbilt University, will deliver the lecture to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the publication of the novel, “El Quijote,” by Miguel de Cervantes.

Dr. Miguel Ruiz-Avilés, associate professor of languages and literature and director of the Hispanic Cultural Center, says, “It is said that ‘El Quijote' is the book, after the Bible, that has been translated into the most languages. Due to the psychological depth of the main character, it is believed that ‘El Quijote' is the first modern novel.”

The first part of the novel appeared in 1605, with the second part emerging in 1615. “The novel deals with universal themes such as love, justice, the oppressed and the search for an impossible dream,” says Ruiz-Avilés. “It introduces modern narrative techniques like metafiction, where the main character is aware that a book has been written about him and his adventures are to be part of the novel.”

For more information on the lecture or to learn more about the Hispanic Cultural Center, telephone Ruiz-Avilés at (931) 221-7855. —Crissy Laubach-Young