Event Title

The quest for identity and belonging: Don Quixote and its relation to the biracial experience

Graduation Year

2013

Location

Atrium, Center for Natural Sciences, Illinois Wesleyan University

Start Date

20-4-2013 9:00 AM

End Date

20-4-2013 10:00 AM

Description

In Miguel de Cervantes’ novel, the character Alonso Quijano struggles to identify as a hidalgo and attempts to become his ideal when he transforms into a knight named Don Quijote. Four hundred years later, many biracial Americans experience the same struggle with racial identification and group belonging. Both Don Quijote and biracial individuals face the difficulty of deciding how to interact with the very society that created their sentiments of polarization. This paper investigates they ways in which Don Quijote and biracial Americans define themselves, get defined by others, and attempt to identify with their ideal group or groups. (In Spanish)

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The quest for identity and belonging: Don Quixote and its relation to the biracial experience

Atrium, Center for Natural Sciences, Illinois Wesleyan University

In Miguel de Cervantes’ novel, the character Alonso Quijano struggles to identify as a hidalgo and attempts to become his ideal when he transforms into a knight named Don Quijote. Four hundred years later, many biracial Americans experience the same struggle with racial identification and group belonging. Both Don Quijote and biracial individuals face the difficulty of deciding how to interact with the very society that created their sentiments of polarization. This paper investigates they ways in which Don Quijote and biracial Americans define themselves, get defined by others, and attempt to identify with their ideal group or groups. (In Spanish)