Spanish 260: Don Quixote

Description

Close reading and analysis of Don Quixote along with selected works form the Novelas ejemplares and the Entremeses. This course will focus on questions of literary, linguistic, cultural, and historical heterogeneity in Don Quixote. Drawing on the work of Mikhail Bakhtin, we will examine the Quixote as an example of "heteroglossia," i.e. as a work situated within a context of multiple, competing, and transitional discourses. We will examine the social and historical context of Cervantes' ployglot universe, and we will look at the Quixote as a dialectical response to pre-existing literary forms. From an aesthetic perspective we will focus on Don Quixote as an example of the European baroque. Along with the works of Cervantes, we will read selections from major Renaissance works inside of Spain and outside, including Erasmus' Praise of Folly, Montaigne's Essais, the Lazarillo de Tormes, and El Abencerraje. Students will be required to complete a final paper for the course and to present an in-progress report during the course of the semester.

Syllabus

Week 1, August 29

Introduction: Reading Don Quixote

Course method, aims, and requirements

For historical background, consult: Barry Ife, “The Historical and Social Context” (in Cambridge Companion)

Week 2, Sept. 5

DQ, I: ch. 1-8

Ramón Menéndez-Pidal, “The Genesis of Don Quixote” (in Casebook)

Lloréns, “La intención del Quixote” (in reader)

Primera salida

El escrutinio de los libros

La identidad de Don Quixote

Week 3, Sept. 12

DQ, I: ch. 9-16

Castro, “El cómo y el por qué de Cide Hamete Benengeli”(in reader)

Wardropper, “Don Quixote: Story or History?” in Casebook

Cascardi, “Secularization and Literary Self-Assertion in Don Quixote” (in reader)

Don Quixote y los cabreros

Marcela y Grisóstomo

Maritornes

Week 4, Sept. 19

DQ, I: ch.16-26

Spitzer, “Linguistic Perspectivism in the Don Quijote” (in Casebook)

Los rebaños

El cuerpo muerto; los encamisados

Los galeotes y Ginés de Pasamonte

Discurso sobre la edad de oro

El cuento de Lope Ruiz y Torralba (Sancho)

Don Quixote en Sierra Morena

Cardenio

Versos de Don Quixote a Dulcinea

La estrategia del Barbero y del Cura

Week 5, Sept. 26

DQ, I: ch. 27-32

Lazarillo de Tormes

Rico, “Vuestra Merced recibe una carta” (in reader)

El Cura, el Barbero, y el disfraz

El informe de Sancho sobre Dulciunea

Las historias de Cardenio, Luscinda, Fernando, y Dorotea

Don Quixoe escribe a Dulcinea

Week 6, October 3

DQ, I: ch. 33-38

Cervantes, Novelas ejemplares: “El Celoso extremeño”

Cervantes, Entremeses: “El juez de los divorcios”; “El viejo celoso”

Historia del “Curioso impertinente”

Week 7, October 10

DQ, I: ch. 39-52

McKeon, “Cervantes and the Disenchantment of the World” (in reader)

Historia del Cautivo y de Zoraida

Discursos teóricos; novela y “romance”

Leandra y Vicente de la Rosa

Don Quixote vuelve a casa

Week 8, October 17

DQ, II: ch. 1-13

Cascardi, “Cervantes and the Invention of the Novel” (in Cambridge Companion)

Sansón Carrasco

Sancho y Teresa Panza

“Dulcinea”

Week 9, October 24

DQ, II: ch. 14-24

Montaigne, Essais (photocopy)

El Caballero del Verde Gabán

En la Cueva de Montesinos

El Primo humanista

Week 10, October 31

DQ, I: ch. 25-35

Cervantes, Entremeses: “El Retablo de las maravillas”

Erasmus: Praise of Folly (photocopy)

Girard, “Triangular Desire” (in reader)

George Haley, “The Narrator in Don Quixote” in (Casebook)

Los rebuznos

Maese Pedro

El barco encantado

Dulcinea encantada

Week 11, November 7

DQ, II: ch. 36-41

Mazzotta, “The Ludic Perspective: Don Quixote and the Italian Renaissance” (in reader)

La Dueña Dolorida

Carta de Sancho a Teresa

Trifaldí

Clavileño

Week 12, November 14

DQ, II: ch. 42-53

Nabokov, “Cruelty and Violence” (in reader)

Adrienne Martin, “Humor and Violence” (in Cambridge Companion)

Sancho gobernador de Barataria

Los Duques

Los consejos de Don Quixote

Los gatos

Carta de Don Quixote a Sancho en la ínsula

Week 13, November 21

DQ, II: ch. 54-65

El Abencerraje

Guillén, “Literature as Historical Contradiction” (in reader)

Ricote

Tosilos

Roque Guinart / Claudia

En Barcelona

Don Antonio Moreno

La imprenta

Ana Félix

Week 14, November 28

DQ, II: ch. 66-74

El Caballero de la Blanca Luna

El cuerpo de Altisidora

La muerte de Don Qiuxote

Week 15, December 5

Conclusión, fin.

Terry Gilliam, Lost in La Mancha (film)