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In this course, students will study Don Quixote as the first modern and postmodern novel. Students will learn to apply the disciplinary norms of reading literature including both close reading (aesthetic components; genre study, narratology) and contemporary approaches to literary and cultural theory. They will analyze Don Quixote in an interdisciplinary context of early modern Spanish history and culture including early modern imperialism, the expulsion of Jews and Moors from Spain; the rise of urban society, the invention of the printing press and new genres of leisure reading, and mercantile economic structures. They will also explore the ways in which Don Quixote has been used as a cultural touchstone by authors, philosophers and film makers to support a wide variety of cultural discourses over the past two centuries. Finally, students will consider the processes through which a text becomes—and remains—a canonical masterpiece and the role of “masterworks” within the liberal arts and larger society.
Area of Knowledge and Inquiry: Reading Literature (RL) Context of Experience: European Traditions (ET) Extended Requirement: Pre-Industrial Society (PI)
Credits: 3 Prerequisites: eng 110 Existing Course: New Existing Course Number: Course Anticipated to be offered: Other Other (if specified): every year Number of Sections: 1 Number of Seats: 30
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