RLSP 301
Cervantes' "Don Quijote" Spring 2023
Division I

Class Details

We will devote the semester to the study of one novel: Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quijote, published in the early part of the 17th century. We will try to understand the reasons for the novel’s immense and ongoing influence. We will study Cervantes’ handling of issues that continue to have relevance to our lives today: relationships, the role of fiction in life, the shapes of mental illness, how we show people who we think we are, how our governments, families and friends decide who we are, the fun and annoyance of going on a road trip with someone, the meaning of justice, and the meaning of storytelling, to name a few. In the process, we will set things in context to understand what was going on in Cervantes’ world. Finally, we will find that even an entire semester was not enough to engage fully with this extraordinary work. Conducted in English using a contemporary translation.
The Class: Format: seminar; lecture/discussion
Limit: 20
Expected: 15
Class#: 3490
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: active class participation; two to three short projects and one final research project
Prerequisites: any 200-level RLSP or Comp lit or English course at Williams
Enrollment Preferences: Spanish majors and Comp Lit majors and Engl majors.
Distributions: Division I

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