COLL-S 103 22873 Don Quixote (Wagschal) (A&H)(3 cr.)


This course explores the many and complex fictional worlds of Miguel de Cervantes’s Don Quixote, the two-part novel which is widely considered to be one of the greatest pieces of fiction ever written. Through a complete reading of Parts I and II, we will investigate the interplay between this important masterpiece and its socio-historical contexts in Renaissance Europe, questions of human existence, literary tradition, self-consciousness in art, representations by artists including Goya, Dalí, and Picasso, as well as the immeasurable influence of Don Quixote on a plethora of novelists and filmmakers.

Required Texts:
1) Don Quixote de la Mancha (Parts I & II). Trans. by Burton Raffel. Ed. by Diana de Armas Wilson. (Norton).

Suggested Texts for those who read Spanish:
1) Don Quijote de la Mancha I & II. Ed. Thomas Lathrop (Juan de la Cuesta).
2) Don Quijote Dictionary (compiled by Tom Lathrop)

Midterm Exam: 20%
Final Exam: 25%
Written & Oral Assignments: 35%
Active participation/preparedness: 20%