Cervantes' "Don Quixote" in English Translation
Cross-listed as COMP350 / RLSP303 / ENGL303
A close study of one of the most influential and early European novels. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616 C.E) was a hit in its day in the seventeenth century, and has not ceased to influence artists and thinkers since. Moving between humorous and serious tones, Cervantes takes on several issues in the Quixote: the point of fiction in real life, the complications of relationships between men and women, the meaning of madness, the experience of religious co-existence, the shapes of friendship, and the task of literary criticism, just to name a few. We will read the book in a fine modern English-language translation, and set it in several relevant contexts to better understand its original intellectual horizon–seventeenth-century Spain–as well as the reasons for its continuing relevance.
The Class: Type: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: active participation, at least two short papers, and a final project designed in consultation with the instructor
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: any 200-level literature course in foreign languages, COMP, or ENGL, or permission of the instructor.
Enrollment Preference: Spanish and Comparative Literature majors and upper-class students
Department Notes: can count toward the major in Spanish, but consult Dept for details
Distributions: Division I;
Attributes: ENGL Literary Histories A