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Donald W. Gilbert
SPAN 394
Seattle Campus

Special Topics in Spanish Literature

Focuses on an individual Spanish author or a special topic in Spanish literature. May be repeated once. Prerequisite: either SPAN 301, SPAN 302, SPAN 303, SPAN 310, SPAN 314, SPAN 315, SPAN 316, or SPAN 330.

Class description

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.

Depending on enrollment, students from the Spanish department will meet in break-out sections conducted in Spanish and will be asked to complete their written coursework for the class in Spanish.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Donald W. Gilbert
Date: 02/04/2013