HISP 321: Love, Madness and Technology in Don Quixote
This course will focus on how Cervantes, through his characters in El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha, challenges the state’s attempt to categorize its subjects. In Don Quixote Cervantes introduces us to a passionate reader of Chivalric novels. As the own author puts it don Quijote read “until his brain dried up and he lost his wits.” Don Quixote, obsessed with stories of errant knights decides to become a knight errant himself, righting wrongs and protecting the oppressed. In this course we will become active readers of Don Quijote’s insanity. Through his multiples adventures and his reasonable madness we will discover the heterogeneity of Cervantes’ text, not only in its formal/genre multiplicity but also the historical, cultural and social diversity of the period reflected in the novel.