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Highlighting the Humanities at Hamilton

Highlighting the Humanities at Hamilton

Please join us for the next talk in our Memory and Identity series.


Moorish Girls and Cross-Dressing Pages: Chasing the Nymph in Cervantes’s Don Quixote

Maria Willstedt  Hispanic Studies, Hamilton College

Thursday, November 12, 4:10 pm  

Taylor Science Center 3024

The nymph is an ambiguous character whose history spans from ancient mythology to the modern video game. There are many types of nymphs, but most commonly she is imagined as a beautiful maiden who inhabits the woods and is associated with a body of water (spring, well, pond, etc.). Neither human nor divine, her defining trait is an in-betweenness that assimilates her to other alluring female sprites like fairies and mermaids. The exact nature of the nymph’s in-betweenness is buried in her name, but its purpose is to veil rather than manifest her meaning.  Cervantes, creatively appropriating a long-established allegorical tradition, both explores in earnest and exploits in parody this character’s cultural and psychological function. This lecture commemorates the 400th anniversary of the publication of Don Quixote II (1615), Cervantes’s sequel to his original Don Quixote published in 1605.

Maria Willstedt is Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies at Hamilton College. Her field of study is early modern Spanish literature and culture with a special interest in the framed narrative tradition. She is currently working on an article about that most enigmatic of Cervantean characters, Zoraida.

Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

For more information contact Barbara Gold, Classics Department

315-859-[removed] • [email address removed]

Sponsored by the Dean of Faculty and the Hispanic Studies Department



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