English professor Marta Wilkinson dressed as a princess when introducing
Cervantes' classic novel, Don Quixote, to her world literature class.
'Princess Prof' Gets Attention of Class Studying Don Quixote
Cervantes' Novel Is a 'Wonderful Commentary on Living the Dream'
Marta Wilkinson illustrated Don Quixote’s obsession of being a knight
by showing up to class dressed as a princess. She introduced Miguel de Cervantes’
early 1600s classic, The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha,
to her world literature class. Wilkinson, associate professor of English,
described Don Quixote as a “wonderful commentary on living the dream.”
She didn’t reveal whether the princess persona might be an alter ego of hers.
“As Don Quixote drew his inspiration from chivalric romances, I too
based my costume in literature,” she said, noting hers was inspired
by Barbie dolls and Disney’s Princess Collection of Tales. Her princess
costume featured an unlikely prop, a sword, which emanated from
another piece of favorite literature in her fantasy, The Three Musketeers.
Wilkinson decided to wear the princess costume to help her students
understand the meaning of satire on the part of the author and
parody as illustrated through the actions of the main character.
“I think students enjoyed both the reading and my costume,” she said.
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