SPN 391 • Don Quijote
10:30 AM-1:30 PM
The aim of this proposed course is to acquaint the student thoroughly with Don Quijote. The method will be that of a textual interpretation of the work. Emphasis will be on the novel's literary quality, but other aspects: philosophical, social, political, etc. will also be brought into focus. Cervantes ideas on literature and particularly on the novel will be closely examined. The relationship of Don Quijote to Cervantes minor works will be considered when necessary (it is not essential, however, that the students know the latter). The relationship of Don Quijote to previous and contemporary Spanish and European literary theories and trends will be paid great attention. Finally, Don Quijote will be considered on the light of the critical theories and opinions expressed since its publication to the present. Some new topics and perspectives will be studied, based on my recent publications and on my ongoing research on Don Quijote.
The final grade will be based on the student's active participation in the discussions in class, a short oral presentation to the class, and a term paper.
Don Quijote de la Mancha, ed. Fajardo-Parr Extensive bibliography will be given in class.