Spanish and Portuguese | Topics in 16th & 17th Century Spanish Literature
S628 | 26433 | S. Wagschal
Prof. Steven Wagschal
S628 Topics in 16th and 17th Century Spanish Literature
Topic: Cervantes and the Literature of Madness
M 4:00pm – 6:30pm/section# 26433/3cr/BH 235
This graduate topics course focuses on the novelistic and poetic
production of Miguel de Cervantes in the context of the history of
ideas and the history of art. While exploring a variety of themes,
the course will privilege one that permeates most of Cervantes’
literary production: human madness.
Readings by Cervantes include "La Galatea", "Don Quijote" Parts I &
II, "Los trabajos de Persiles y Sigismunda", "Novelas ejemplares",
and selected poetry including “El romance de los celos” and “Soneto
al túmulo del rey Felipe II.” Additionally we will read selections
from Erasmus’ "Praise of Folly", Huarte de San Juan’s E"xamen de
ingenios" and Laguna’s "Materia medica". Theoretical texts will
include selections from Michel Foucault’s "Madness"
and "Civilization" as well as critiques of Foucault.
Graduate students will be expected to give short presentations of
primary and secondary readings, as well as prepare one 15-20 page
final research paper, which will be the basis for their final oral
The course will be conducted primarily in Spanish. Texts written in
languages other than Spanish and English will be available in