Examines Cervantes' Don Quixote and twentieth-century works inspired by it. May include Don Quixote, Kafka's Castle, Borges' Labyrinths, and Nabokov's Pale Fire.
During the quarter, we will consider the history, movements and origins of novelistic writing. While this class will mostly focus on the modern era, we will first look at a brief excerpt of an early example: Cervantes's Don Quixote. We will focus our attention on four short novels: Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, Cisneros's The House on Mango Street, Cunningham's The Hours and Danticat's Breath, Eyes, Memory. At the quarter's end, we will examine graphic novels by reading Paul Hornschemeier's acclaimed book, Mother, Come Home. During these studies, we will question what makes a text "modern" and how the process of writing novels relates to notions of genre. This course will also ponder what these novels say about issues of class, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality.
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