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ERIC Number: EJ992482
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 70
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2133
Reading "Las Meninas": An Ekphrastic Approach to Teaching "Don Quijote"
Ortuno, Marian
Hispania, v95 n4 p681-697 Dec 2012
Reading and teaching "Don Quijote" present multiple challenges to twenty-first century students and instructors who are culturally and historically distanced from the seventeenth century. With "Las Meninas" serving as a visual lexicon for cuing correlative themes and events in "Don Quijote", the instructor, through an ekphrastic, interdisciplinary approach, can help students gain intellectual access to Cervantes's text by showing how one art form elucidates another. Furthermore, focusing on the fractured perspectives characteristic of both the painting and the novel reveals how artist and author point to an extra-pictorial reality beyond immediate sense perception, one that calls into question the accuracy of visual perception itself. (Contains 19 notes and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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