Prerequisites: Spanish 25
Many students, after taking this course, say that Don Quijote is the best book they have ever read. The class is designed as an introduction to the reading and interpretation of Cervantes’s most famous work. After orienting ourselves, the first week, with one of his short stories, we will proceed to read the complete text of Don Quijote, from the prologue to the first part through to the final chapter of the second. Class is largely conducted in a discussion format, with the emphasis on understanding gradually giving way to interpretation and the role of contemporary literary, philosophical, political and religious ideas. Emphasis will be on close reading of the novel and on the relationship between Don Quijote and theories of love and free will. Four quizzes, 3 short papers, and a final exam.
Cervantes, Don Quijote (any edition will do but the Castalia edition is recommended; ISBN 84-7039-284-0)