Don Quixote, Madness and the Protagonists of Maltese Reformist Fiction


Conference Programme

Don Quixote through the Looking Glass: The Impact of Cervantes’s Masterpiece on Foreign Writers

28, 29, 30 November 2016

Faculty of Arts Library, University of Malta, Msida



in collaboration with THE EMBASSY OF SPAIN

Coordinator: Francisco J. Ibáñez (


Monday, 28 November

Chair: Carmel Vassallo

18:00            Start of Seminar:

Welcome by Prof. Carmel Vassallo, Head of the Department of   Spanish & Latin American Studies.

Address by Prof. Dominic Fenech, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Malta.

Address by H. E. José María Pons, Ambassador of Spain.

18:15           KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  Hilaire Kallendorf, Texas A&M University: “Don Quixote in Los Angeles: The First Chicano Novel and Its Cervantine Model”.

18:45      Peter Vassallo, University of Malta: “Theologizing Cervantes’s Don Quijote: Graham Greene’s Monsignor Quixote”.

19:15      Pedro Javier Pardo, Universidad de Salamanca: “The Pierre Menard Syndrome: Don Quixote, from Book to Myth”.

19:45             DISCUSSION

20:00             Reception offered by the Spanish Embassy


Tuesday, 29 November

Chair: Francisco J. Ibáñez Castejón

18:00       Adrian Grima, University of Malta: Don Quixote, Madness and the Protagonists of Maltese Reformist Fiction”.

18:30             Richard Spiteri, University of Malta: “Denis Tillinac: The Don Quixote myth at the turn of the 21st Century”.

19:00             BREAK

19:15             Vincent Vella, University of Malta: Ernesto Panza: the tale of an artless revolutionary”.

19:45             Marceliano Acevedo, Independent Researcher, “Madame Bovary and Don Quixote: a personal relationship”.

20:15             DISCUSSION



Wednesday, 30 November

Chair: Alessia Cilia-Portelli

18:00          John Ardila, University of Malta: “Carlos Fuentes, Don Quixote and the matter of fiction”.

18:30            Giuseppe Schembri, University of Malta: 400 years of Visual Silence: Cervantes and Malta. An essay on the visual arts in Malta and Cervantes as the subject-matter, or non-subject matter, of art in Malta”.

19:00             BREAK

19:15             Anthony Aquilina, University of Malta: Don by any other name would not sound as sweet – the case of Pawlu Montebello’s Dun Kixott”.

19:45          Karl Chircop, University of Malta Junior College: “Cervantes’ uncanny role of fathering key concepts of Pirandello’s poetics”.

20:15             DISCUSSION



Due to the limited seating available, people who are going to attend the seminar must email the coordinator ( specifying which days they are going to be present and if they will be alone or have guests.



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