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ART+ Literature | Myth and Canon

Updated: Apr 2, 2020

Our ART+ initiative makes art experiences accessible digitally and connects the collection to a variety of fields of study including art history, science, social studies, and language arts.

“The truth may be stretched thin, but it never breaks, and it always surfaces above lies, as oil floats on water.” – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote

In this installment, Director of Collections and Exhibitions Mattie Codling traces the arc of Western literature through Anderson's coastal lens, including his interpretations of the Greek myth, Cupid & Psyche; and his fascination with Don Quixote.

Lesson Plans and Resources:

LESSON: Quixote and Anderson - Chasing Windmills

Includes prompts and resources connecting Quixote and Anderson to contemporary society

Grades 6-8

Mississippi state standards served include:


Research to Build and Present Knowledge


Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Comprehension and Collaboration


Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas


Analyze how myths, traditional stories, or religious works such as the Bible influence themes, patterns of events, or character types in a modern work, including how the material is rendered new.


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