Spring 2007 not offered
COL 327, MDST 254|
Cervantes is known chiefly for DON QUIXOTE, often described as the first modern novel and fountainhead of one of the great modern myths of individualism. In fact, besides the chivalric novel he reimagined virtually every fashionable genre of his time: verse, theater, novella, the pastoral and the Greek adventure novels. Cervantes' art remains fresh and unsettling, distinguished as it is by its revaluation of humor, invention, make-believe, and play; seriousness in his textual world is not to be confused with solemnity, the typical ploy of political, religious, and intellectual orthodoxies then as now. Characteristic themes: social "reality" as artifact or fiction, the counterintuitive or paradoxical character of truths, the irreducible diversity of taste and perception, the call for consent in politics and love, personal identity (including gender) as a heroic quest. We will read, discuss, and write about DON QUIXOTE and a select few of Cervantes' other works, along with a sampling of critical, philosophical, literary, and other artistic responses they have inspired.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(HISP)(MDST-MN)(MDST)(MDST-Art/Arch)(MDST-History)(MDST-Lang/Lit)(MDST-Phil/Reli)(RMST)
Miguel de Cervantes, DON QUIJOTE
|Examination and Assignments: |
Four short papers (2-3 pp.), one longer paper (5-7 pp.), and one short oral presentation as preparation for the final paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
SPAN236 is intended for students who have completed SPAN224. Students who have not done so should consult with the professor before preregistering.
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