New Book on Don Quixote Celebrates 400th Anniversary

November 18, 2016

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Carmen García de la Rasilla, associate professor of Spanish, and Jorge Abril Sánchez, lecturer in Spanish have teamed up to edit a new collection of essays on Miguel de Cervantes’ “Don Quixote,” celebrating the 400th anniversary of the publication of the novel’s second part.

“A Novel Without Boundaries: Sensing Don Quixote 400 Years Later,” published by Juan de la Cuesta, includes articles that examine “Don Quixote” in relation to major literary forms and genres such as novels of chivalry, the Alexandrian epic narrative and the genesis of detective fiction. Other articles explore how the novel has been transformed through different mediums and contexts over the centuries. The collection includes two essays by Rasilla.

The idea and content for the book grew out of an April 2015 UNH symposium that commemorated the 400th anniversary of the second part of Cervantes’ famous novel. A diverse group of experts, some of them internationally known for their work, gathered to discuss and share their research on “Don Quixote.”

“The positive, insightful, innovative and unique approaches to the subject brought by participants certainly proved the need and relevance of the conference, which re-opened the Cervantine text to new avenues of research and interpretation in the 21st century,” says Rasilla, who is pleased to be able to share these works widely now through “A Novel Without Boundaries.” Funding from the UNH Center for the Humanities and Class of ‘54 Enrichment Funds made the conference possible and facilitated the publication of the volume.

“A Novel Without Boundaries: Sensing Don Quixote 400 Years Later” is available at major online retailers.

New Volume Explores Genre of Spanish Historical Novel

April 12, 2016

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Associate professor of Spanish Carmen García de la Rasilla has edited a new volume of essays on the modern Spanish historical novel titled “La novela histórica española contemporánea: novedades y transformaciones.” This book deepens knowledge of one of the most popular, successful and less studied genres in modern Spanish literature. Departing from the transformation initiated by Miguel de Unamuno in Peace in War (1897), his novel on the Second Carlist War, the volume aims to illuminate the genre’s major innovations and changes during those special periods affected by political and cultural crises in contemporary Spain, such as the transitions from the 19th to the 20th century and between the 20th century and the new millennium.

Rasilla has a Ph.D. in history from the University of Valladolid, Spain and a Ph.D. in literature from The Johns Hopkins University and researches and publishes in both fields. Author of “Salvador Dalí’s Literary Self-Portrait: Approaches to a Surrealist Autobiography” (2009), her other publications include a study of twentieth century Spanish urban history, and articles and book chapters on these subjects, as well as on comparative literature, women and painting and on Spanish Surrealism.

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