AH 112: Icons of Spain in Music, Literature and Art

Monday, October 12: Music with a Passion. The lives and compositions of Isaac Albeniz, Manuel De Falla, Enrique Granados, Joaquin Rodrigo, Francisco Tarrega and Pablo de Sarasate will be explored and presented with lecture and video clips. We will also enjoy a video presentation of Andre Segovia and Pablo Casals.

Presenter: Meredith Cheston, an individual with a passion for music and a UCI retiree who has developed and presented many courses in Arts and Humanities for OLLI over the years.

Monday, October 19: Out to Conquer Mills and Other Monsters: Cervantes’s Don Quixote. This lecture will provide a comprehensive view of Miguel de Cervantes’s major work, Don Quixote de la Mancha, in order to provide a literary and cultural context that will help us understand the universal appeal of the two main characters of the novel, Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. We will also focus on some of the more famous episodes in order to understand its status as one of the funniest books ever written.

As requested, the following are good Spanish translations of Don Quixote:

  1. Edition translated by Edith Grossman, published by Harper Perennial. This edition is recent and was positively reviewed when it came out.
  2. Editions by Oxford Classics and by Penguin should be reliable. However, the size of the letter and the pages may be a challenge for the eyes.

Both have introductions by recognized scholars in the profession.

3. The Norton Edition, with translation by Burton Raffel, is a good edition because it includes several essays on Don Quixote at the end.

Presenter: Luis Laviles

is Associate Professor and Chair, UCI Department of Spanish and Portuguese. He published a book on Baroque writer Baltasar Gracián, a number of articles, and is presently finishing a book entitled Visual Games: Space in the Literary Culture of the Spanish Golden Age.

 Monday, October 26: Gaudi and Sorolla: The Artistic Spirit of Spain will focus on two Spanish artists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. One was Antoni Gaudi, a Catalan architect of the Modernista Movement, a style influenced by nature. The other, a painter, the Master of Light, Joaquin Sorolla. Gaudi is the architect of the famous Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. Sorolla is known for his naturalistic portraits, beach scenes and a series of panels celebrating the life and customs of the different regions of Spain.

Presenter: Jackie Powell

has taught art history and appreciation at Golden West College and CSU, Fullerton. She has led study abroad programs in Italy and Spain and contributed her knowledge of art history to OLLI classes and the Bowers Museum for years.

Developer: Meredith Cheston


Mondays, October 12 and 19

10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Monday, October 26

1:00 – 3:00 PM



Woodbridge Onken Classroom

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