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SPAN 318 A: Cervantes' Don Quixote in English

Meeting Time: 
TTh 12:30pm - 2:20pm
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Joint Sections: 
C LIT 361 A
Donald Gilbert-Santamaría

Syllabus Description:

The First Modern Novel:  Reading Don Quixote in Translation

Those who approach Cervantes’s Don Quixote for the first time are often surprised at the ease with which a contemporary reader is able to enter a fictional world that was created over 400 years ago.  Despite its interest to academics, philosophers, and historians, among others, Don Quixote nevertheless remains surprisingly accessible to readers with no prior knowledge of the writer or his historical context.  As will become clear through our readings, that accessibility reflects the novel’s inherent modernity, that is, its embodiment of a way of thinking about the world that is, in the final analysis, not that different from our own.  Our goal over the ten weeks of this course will be to explore various aspects of the Quixote’s modernity through the reading of selected chapters and much classroom discussion.

Catalog Description: 
Cervantes' Don Quixote de la Mancha: close study of this comic masterpiece, and the life, times, and works of its author. Consideration of the work's enduring influence and vitality. Does not fulfill any major or minor requirement.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
November 24, 2020 - 2:01am