Spanish 223-0 Cervantes: The World of Don Quixote
(Readings and Discussions in English)
Why did Dostoevsky call Don Quixote “the final and greatest utterance of the human mind,” and Cervantes “the great poet and seer of the human heart”? Why has Cervantes impacted film, art, music and language so deeply? How does Don Quixote examine Historical and Religious issues (the sixteenth and seventeenth century struggle between Christianity and Islam), Philosophy (Does human freedom exist?), Politics (What is a Just War?), Economics (Is government intervention in the market beneficial?) and the nature and value of literature? Why has Don Quixote been voted by both critics and novelists as the most important work of fiction ever written? Join us to find out!
Instructor: Darío Fernández - Morera
Offered: MW 10-10:50 w/ Friday discussion
Congratulations to Joel Colom-Mena who was named to the Northwestern Associated Student Governmen'st 2012-2013 honor roll.
This past spring NASG released a campus wide nomination process and received near 1200 nominations for faculty and administrators. The nominees were narrowed down based on a quantitative and qualitative assessment of the nominations over this summer to reach a list of the most exceptional staff on this campus.
Thank you Joel, for your work and commitment to the student experience!
Our department blends a community of scholars, whose strong research interests range across Spanish, Latin American and Brazilian literatures and cultures, and a community of instructors, who are dedicated to teaching a strong culture-based language program. Our faculty offers a rich array of courses in Spanish, Portuguese, and English in an effort to serve not only majors and minors but also a variety of students from Weinberg College and other schools who may take only one of two classes.
Our goal is to convey a liberating variety of approaches to learning, a wide sweep of content, and a broad range of texts so that students may gain a thorough understanding of the languages, the literatures, and the cultures of the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking worlds. We believe that it is essential to understand contemporary novels by reading Cervantes, modern poetry by appreciating Paz, today’s film by watching Salles. And we believe that with command of Spanish and Portuguese, two of the most commonly spoken languages on Earth, our students are well prepared for the world of the 21st century. Read more
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