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C LIT 361 A: Topics In Early Modern Literature

The First Modern Novel: Reading Don Quixote in Translation

Meeting Time: 
TTh 12:30pm - 2:20pm
Location: 
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SLN: 
11879
Joint Sections: 
SPAN 318 A
Instructor:
Donald Gilbert-Santamaria

Syllabus Description:

The First Modern Novel:  Reading Don Quixote in Translation

Those who approach Cervantes’s Don Quixote for the first time are often surprised at the ease with which a contemporary reader is able to enter a fictional world that was created over 400 years ago.  Despite its interest to academics, philosophers, and historians, among others, Don Quixote nevertheless remains surprisingly accessible to readers with no prior knowledge of the writer or his historical context.  As will become clear through our readings, that accessibility reflects the novel’s inherent modernity, that is, its embodiment of a way of thinking about the world that is, in the final analysis, not that different from our own.  Our goal over the ten weeks of this course will be to explore various aspects of the Quixote’s modernity through the reading of selected chapters and much classroom discussion.

Catalog Description: 
Explores topics in literature and cultures of the early modern world (approximately 1400-1800) across national and regional cultures, such as particular movements, authors, genres, themes, or problems.
Department Requirements Met: 
Literature Core
GE Requirements Met: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Credits: 
5.0
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
November 11, 2020 - 10:12am
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