Fall 2022

Don Quixote

Listed in: Spanish, as SPAN-460

Moodle site: Course


Ilan Stavans (Section 01)


(Offered as SPAN 460 and EUST 264) A patient, careful reading of Cervantes' masterpiece (published in 1605 and 1615), taking into consideration the biographical, historical, social, religious, and literary context from which it emerged during the Renaissance. The discussion will center on the novel's structure, style, and durability as a classic and its impact on our understanding of ideas and emotions connected with the Enlightenment and its aftermath. Authors discussed in connection to the material include Erasmus of Rotterdam, Montaigne, Emerson, Tobias Smollett, Flaubert, Dostoyevsky, Unamuno, Nabokov, Borges, García Márquez, and Rushdie. Emphasis on race and colonialism. Conducted in Spanish.

Prerequisite: SPAN 301 or consent of the instructor. Limited to 25 students. Fall Semester:  Professor Stavans

How to handle overenrollment: Priority will be given to seniors and Spanish majors. Others will be admitted to balance by class year to foster a diverse class.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Critical thinking, active participation in class discussions, reading of the material and contextual research before class, daring spirit in creative writing, only one absence accepted throughout the entire semester.


2022-23: Offered in Fall 2022
Other years: Offered in Spring 2014, Spring 2017, Fall 2022