Academic journal article Cervantes: Bulletin of the Cervantes Society of America

Jay

Academic journal article Cervantes: Bulletin of the Cervantes Society of America

Jay

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Jay Allen has referred to me as his "oldest living graduate student," a title I bear with pride, for I have known and admired him ever since my earliest graduate student days, exactly forty years ago. Not only did he direct my doctoral dissertation (in 1970 I became the first to complete one under his guidance), but Jay was the most influential of the several great teachers, mentors, and exemplars I have had in my life. He taught me how to read, understand, appreciate, and teach both Cervantes and Spanish poetry. My own Don Quijote course, as I have taught it over the years both at the University of Missouri and at Purdue University, is modeled on the one he taught at the University of Florida. I can still remember the excitement generated in that class, both by the readings of Cervantes' novel and the discussions with Jay and the other students. It was that class that convinced me to shift my interest from Spanish American narrative to Cervantes. It was the paper I wrote for that class that provided the basic theme for my dissertation, and it was the dissertation that provided the basic theme for my book on Don Quijote published in 1982. …

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