Spring 2014 not offered
COL 327, MDST 254, IBST 236|
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. DON QUIXOTE also reimagines virtually every fashionable, popular, and disreputable literary genre of its time: chivalric, pastoral, picaresque, sentimental, adventure and Moorish novels; the novella; verse forms; drama; and even the ways these forms of literary entertainment were circulated and consumed, debated, celebrated, and reviled. It is a book about the life-enhancing (and -endangering) power of books and reading and the interplay of fiction and history, truths and lies. Cervantes' art remains fresh and unsettling, sparing no one and nothing, including itself. Distinguished by its commitment to the serious business of humor, make-believe, and play, the novel is at once a literary tour de force and a fascinating lens through which to examine the political, social, religious, and intellectual debates of its moment. Characteristic themes: social reality as artifact or fiction, the paradoxical character of truths, the irreducible diversity of taste and perception, the call for consent in politics and love, and personal identity (including gender) as a heroic quest. This semester, we will read, discuss, and write about DON QUIXOTE, along with a sampling of critical, philosophical, literary, and artistic responses it has 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)
Cervantes, Miguel de. DON QUIJOTE (Legacy Edition; Spanish Edition).
Ed. Tom Lathrop. Newark, NJ: JUAN DE LA CUESTA, 2012.
Lathrop, Tom. DON QUIJOTE DICTIONARY (Spanish Edition).
Newark, NJ: JUAN DE LA CUESTA, 2005.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Three short (3-5 pp.) papers in conjunction with three short oral presentations (5-10 minutes) constitute 33% of the grade; one longer (5-7 pp.) final paper constitutes another 33% of the grade; and preparation for class, attendance, and informed participation count for the final 33%.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
SPAN 236 is intended for students who have completed SPAN 221 or the equivalent. Students who have not done so should consult with the professor before preregistering. An additional semester of upper-level Spanish beyond 221 (or the equivalent), taken earlier or concurrently, is recommended but NOT required. Readings, written assignments, and class discussions will be in Spanish. Only COL students may take this course CR/U.
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