Focus is on a close reading of the original Spanish text of Miguel de Cervantes’s prose masterpiece. The rise of the novel, the problems of authorship and signification, modes of reading, the status of Muslim and Jewish converts in early modern Spain, the rise of capitalism, masochistic desire. This course will be conducted in English, and no prior knowledge of Spanish is necessary.
Students taking the course for three units need not take the midterm or final exam. Students taking the course for four units need not take the final exam. Students taking the course for five units must take both.