Cervantes & Don Quijote

SAME AS V65.0371

A close reading of Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quijote de la Mancha (Part I, 1605; Part II, 1615), supplemented by classic critical and historical readings. On the one hand, we will explore the role Don Quijote has been assigned as the first modern novel, a distinction that has earned it a central place in both the Hispanic and the Western canon. Part of our reading of the novel, then, will reflect on its status as literary masterpiece that supposedly embodies some sort of Spanish national essence. On the other hand, our reading will attempt to carefully contextualize Cervantes’ work within its historical moment. To this end we will consider some of the most important social, political, economic, religious and cultural debates and/or institutions of early modern Spain, including the Spanish Inquisition, Spain’s imperial expansion in both the New world and the Old, the 1609 morisco expulsion, economic decline, reason of state, etc. We will also examine other issues that are centrally inscribed in the Quijote including questions of madness, desire, authorship and authority, the seductions and the dangers of reading, the status of representation, the relation between history and truth, translation, literal vison versus literary visions, and the relation between books and bodies.

Close readings of the principal prose works, particularly Don Quijote and/or the Novelas ejemplares, supplemented by critical and historical readings. Special attention paid to questions of madness and desire, authorship, the seductions and the dangers of reading, the status of representation, the relation between history and truth, the Inquisition, Spanish imperialism, the New World, the Morisco expulsion, etc.

Course Information

SPAN-UA 371

Undergraduate

4 Points

Term Section Instructor Schedule Location

Fall 2017

1
Matthew S Tanico
F: 12:30 PM - 3:15 PM 60FA 202