Español: Rugrats y Don Quijote de la Mancha: la perspectiva del niño English: Rugrats and Don Quixote de la Mancha: A Child’s Perspective

Kylene Wolfe, Illinois Wesleyan University
Carolyn Nadeau, Faculty Advisor, Illinois Wesleyan University

Description

When reviewing Cervante’s famous novel, Don Quijote de la Mancha, many readers try to attribute Don Quixote’s deviance and perspective on reality to madness. However, when examining Don Quixote’s reality in comparison to the imaginative world that is the reality of a child, many similarities can be seen. This presentation explores a post-modern children’s show, Rugrats, to show how these two realities not only exist in the novel, but in the post-modern world as well. The presentation also uses the developmental changes in the brain that occur between childhood and adulthood in order to explain the differences in perspective that exist between Don Quixote and his beloved squire, Sancho Panza. The hope is that by using scenes from Nickelodeon’s Rugrats, readers will come to appreciate and understand Don Quixote as a creative genius, free of limitations that bind others to the narrow-minded perspective that is exhibited by Sancho Panza and adults in general. (In Spanish)

 
Apr 20th, 11:00 AM Apr 20th, 12:00 PM

Español: Rugrats y Don Quijote de la Mancha: la perspectiva del niño English: Rugrats and Don Quixote de la Mancha: A Child’s Perspective

Room E102, Center for Natural Sciences, Illinois Wesleyan University

When reviewing Cervante’s famous novel, Don Quijote de la Mancha, many readers try to attribute Don Quixote’s deviance and perspective on reality to madness. However, when examining Don Quixote’s reality in comparison to the imaginative world that is the reality of a child, many similarities can be seen. This presentation explores a post-modern children’s show, Rugrats, to show how these two realities not only exist in the novel, but in the post-modern world as well. The presentation also uses the developmental changes in the brain that occur between childhood and adulthood in order to explain the differences in perspective that exist between Don Quixote and his beloved squire, Sancho Panza. The hope is that by using scenes from Nickelodeon’s Rugrats, readers will come to appreciate and understand Don Quixote as a creative genius, free of limitations that bind others to the narrow-minded perspective that is exhibited by Sancho Panza and adults in general. (In Spanish)