RLSP 307
The Short Stories of Miguel de Cervantes Fall 2021
Division I

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We will conduct a close study of the collection of short stories known as Las novelas ejemplares written by Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616 CE). The stories, though not as famous as Don Quijote, are as innovative and dynamic as the author’s best-known novel. We will set them in the context of the political and artistic landscape of Spain in the early part of the 17th century to better understand their nature and function. In particular, we will pay attention to how social and individual identities are shaped in the stories, and the ways in which our own assumptions about identity work alongside those of these texts.
The Class: Format: seminar; Conducted in Spanish.
Limit: 18
Expected: 15
Class#: 1729
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Regular attendance and active participation; two short essays or four reaction papers; one final project of 8-10 pages or the equivalent in close consultation with the instructor.
Prerequisites: Any RLSP 200-level class taken at Williams, or results of the placement test, or permission of instructor.
Enrollment Preferences: Preference given to Spanish and COMP majors.
Distributions: Division I

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