- What kind of files, data, objects are being used in the project in question?
The Quijote Interactivo website presents the original edition of Miguel de Cervantes’ cult 1605-1615 novel, Don Quixote. It is a text transcript of the original book that is now presented in a more readable/accessible form. There are also different editions of the book in order to show a timeline of how the novel changed since its original publish date. There are extra files such as photos and maps to offer background information about 17th century Spain. There is also music in the background that represents Spain at that specific time period to foster a more authentic reading experience.
2. What’s the project research question? Or, questions?
Beyond simply creating an online version of Don Quixote, this website explores the historical context and culture of the novel. Overarching research questions include: How can we bring this classic piece of literature into the 21st century and bring it to the masses? And also how can we make it captivating using both visual and auditory methods? Can we explain the historical significance of the novel by supplementing it with various interactive tools?
- What tools are being used? Created?
A high quality scanner is used to make the original book available digitally. The book is presented more as a gallery to flip through at various points rather than an actual book to read through from cover to cover. The clear and instructional interface of the website utilized both visual and auditory stimulation. The information is organized in a way that is easy to navigate, even if one has no prior knowledge of the book or the time period in which it was written.
- What methods are being undertaken?
There are various methods that are being undertaken: the gallery format, the added music, the videos on background of the era, and the maps showing the location of the different chapters. All of these aspects contribute to the connecting of the past to the present and giving an interactive space to a piece of classic literature. These methods attempt to fill the space that the loss of a tactile method leaves.
Georgia Miller, Jill Fu