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SPAN 4550 - [Cervantes: Don Quixote]

(crosslisted) COML 4550 , JWST 4950 , NES 4950  
(HB) (LA-AS)      
Fall. Not offered 2017-2018. 4 credits. Student option grading.

Conducted in English.

M. A. Garcés.

In 1615, Cervantes published the Second Part of his already famous Don Quixote.  Four hundred years later, Spanish anthropologists have been excavating the crypt of a Madrid church in order to recover Miguel de Cervantes’ remains.  This search is not fortuitous.  In 2015, the literary world celebrates the tetracentenary of Don Quixote II, a sequel to Don Quixote I (1605).  Constituted by two different works, connected magisterially by its author, Cervantes’ masterpiece was hailed by philosopher Michel Foucault as “the first modern work of literature.”  In fact, Foucault claimed that Cervantes’ discovery of the arbitrary relation of words and things ushered in the modern age.  Don Quixote begins with an erosion of the belief in the authority of the written word, an approach that anticipates postmodern thought.  A revolutionary document in its own age, Cervantes’ novel confronts us with the complex history of Spain-the vexed relations among the Moorish, Jewish, and Christian cultures.  Our seminar will undertake an interdisciplinary reading of Don Quixote, using various theoretical approaches.  Cervantes’ fascination with Islam, his cultural tolerance, and his display of humor make him a modern author.  In addition, his exploration of fantasy versus “reality,” and madness in relation to meaning, turn him into a forerunner of Freud.



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