RLSP 303
Cervantes' "Don Quijote" Spring 2020
Division I
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A close study, in Spanish, of one of the most influential and early European novels. Don Quijote 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 Quijote: 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 unabridged edition, and set it in several relevant contexts to better understand its original intellectual horizon as well as the reasons for its continuing relevance.
The Class: Format: seminar; discussion conducted in Spanish
Limit: none
Expected: 20
Class#: 4062
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: active participation, two short papers, and a final project in close consultation with the instructor
Prerequisites: any RLSP 200-level literature class taken at Williams, or permission of the instructor
Enrollment Preferences: Spanish and Comparative Literature majors
Unit Notes: this course fulfills one of the requirements for the Spanish major
Distributions: Division I

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