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Don Quixote as a Bridge Between the Far East and the Wild West


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Кафедра світової історії нового і новітнього часу в рамках навчально-дослідницької програми "Іберійські студії в УКУ" запрошує на науково-методичний семінар: "Don Quixote as a Bridge Between the Far East and the Wild West"

Since Romanticism the archetypical character created by Cervantes has symbolized the idea of a utopian individualist fight for justice against all odds. Don Quixote is more a hero than a fool, and his fight symbolizes freedom and the dream for a democratic society. During Soviet times, the revolutionaries saw Don Quixote as the basis for political uprising, and the myth of Don Quixote as an inspiration of resistance to totalitarian Stalinism, particularly in the work of important writers and artists such as Bulgakov, Tarkovsky and Kozintsev; the latter being the auteur of the most famous and best international version of Don Quixote (1961) ever made. This “Soviet” Quixote inspired the famous American Quixote, The Man of La Mancha (Dale Wasserman, 1965, Arthur Hillier, 1972), which was a reincarnation of the American Dream. Don Quixote is not an insane knight defeated by reality but a resourceful inventor who finds solutions to the most difficult situations. Man of La Mancha was very successful in the USSR and inspired the musical TV-series Dul'sineja Tobosskaja (1980, directed by Svetlana Druzhinina), which communicated values of real democracy in the Soviet world. Don Quixote was a myth that sought to topple every kind of wall, including those of the Cold War.

Such a reading of the Quixotic myth is also rooted in the American Westerns of the 20th and 21st centuries, for example, Don Quickshot of the Rio Grande (1923: George Hively); Western Pluck (1925: Travers Vale); Scandalous John (1971: Robert Butler); and The Gentleman Don La Mancha (2004: Ted Roach). This representation of the values of the American West in the Quixotic myth has produced popular characters such as “The Cisco Kid” and his sidekick “Pancho”, and “The Lone Ranger.” If the earlier films reflected the traditional conservative values about the “other” (Native Americans or Mexicans who always played the role of Sancho Panza), more recent like The Gentleman Don La Mancha, exemplify the global changes of American identity and links with the multicultural approach of New York Quixotes Man of la Mancha and They Might Be Giants (1971: Anthony Harvey).

Мова презентації: англійська

Доповідач: Хорхе ЛЯТОРРЕ,Університет Короля Хуана Карлоса, Мадрид (Іспанія)

Дата проведення: 27 березня 2018 р.

Час проведення: 16:30

Місце проведення: Багатофункційний корпус УКУ, вул. Козельницька, 2А, семінарська кімната (авд.424)