SPN 391 • STUDIES IN RENAISSANCE AND GOLDEN AGE LITERATURE
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
This course will study Cervantes's masterpiece, Don Quijote, in depth and in light of a variety of critical interpretations and approaches. Throughout the semester we will emphasize the author's views on artistic freedom, his manipulation of literary genres and conventions, and the discussions of literary theory which characterize the book as a whole. We will also focus on important topics such as Cervantes's use of multiple perspectives, the Quijote as a funny book, the relationship between author and reader, the socio-historical context of the book, the humanist vision of Cervantes, and the evolution of the protagonist as an enduring, universal figure. Other representations of the Don Quijote figure in visual art, music, drama, and film will be brought in from time to time for comparison.
Class meetings will be organized around active discussion and student participation. The first part of each meeting will concentrate on the dissemination of theory and background information through a brief lecture, leaving the remaining time for textual analysis and discussion. Every week, students will be responsible for textual readings as well as theoretical or critical works deemed pertinent to that week's topic. Each student will prepare at least one oral report on a critical work during the semester and will follow-up with a brief written analysis. At the conclusion of the course, students will be required to write a paper of between 15 and 25 pages which analyzes one or more of the plays studied or other works by these dramatists.
Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quijote de la Mancha Exerpts from Amadís de Gaula, Avellaneda's Quijote, and other related literary texts. Critical works (partial list): Allen, Don Quixote: Hero or Fool? Bataillon, Erasmo y España Castro, El pensamiento de Cervantes Eisenberg, Romances of Chivalry Elliot, Imperial Spain Forcione, Cervantes, Aristotle, and the Persiles Márquez Villanueva, Fuentes literarias cervantinas McGaha, Cervantes and the Renaissance Riley, Cervantes's Theory of the Novel Shorter studies by Dunn, Haley, El Saffar, Rivers, Russell, Spitzer, Wardropper, et. al.