2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Aug 08, 2022  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog
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SPAN 4400 - Cervantes’ Don Quixote

3 hours
Prerequisites: SPAN 4101  or SPAN 4102  or SPAN 4201  or SPAN 4202  with a grade of “C-” or better.
This course dedicates an entire semester to a close reading of the two parts of Miguel de Cervantes’s Don Quixote. We will explore the many and complex fictional worlds as creative responses to literary and cultural forces presented in this classic narrative masterpiece. From the premise it is the first modern novel, we will investigate the interplay between literary traditions and discourses of self-consciousness in art, while attempting to contextualize Cervantes’ work within its historical moment. We shall also explore such questions as madness, self-representations, identities, plays on authorship and readership, erotic desire, the juxtaposition of reality and fiction, and the workings of gender, race, class and nation.



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