April 2013 Research Methods Workshop for Early-Career Graduate Students

The History of Don Qvichote Part 1, 1620, Newberry Case Y 1565 .C33163

The History of Don Qvichote Part 1, 1620, Newberry Case Y 1565 .C33163

Don Quixote and Theory, Renaissance and Contemporary
Friday, April 12, 2013

9 am - 5 pm

Room 101

Directed by Edward H. Friedman, Vanderbilt University and Cory Duclos, PhD candidate at Vanderbilt University
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Renaissance Graduate Programs

This workshop will focus on approaches to Don Quixote and implications for the study of narrative in general. Participants will look at how Cervantes draws from the literary past, how he addresses Renaissance theory, and how he writes fiction with a precocious anticipation of the development of the novel and of the theoretical issues that most have concerned scholars, critics, and readers into the twenty-first century. The group will seek resources at the Newberry Library that can help a researcher explore the theoretical intersections of past and present.

Sessions will highlight Don Quixote in various contexts: the structure and “novelty” of the narrative; its plays with authority; its initial reception; its relation to Renaissance theory; its role in literary history and in the development of the novel; its ties to the concepts of intertextuality, the baroque, and metafiction; its critical tradition; and its foreshadowing of major topics of theory. We will also consider briefly the pictorial history of Don Quixote and the range of its editions and translations. As part of the workshop, Cory Duclos will speak (from recent experience) of his introduction to research, as well as the stages of defining the parameters and theoretical models for his dissertation, which contains a chapter on Don Quixote.

The workshop will include a significant interactive component, with numerous short exercises that will allow participants liberally to engage in the discussion. We hope that the topics covered—with Don Quixote as a blend of microcosm and macrocosm—will inform, animate, whet appetites, and aid participants in their present and future academic projects.

See the directors’ web pages: Edward H. Friedman, Vanderbilt University and Cory Duclos, PhD candidate at Vanderbilt University

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8:30 - 9: Coffee

9 - 9:15: Participants obtain reader cards

9:15- 10:15: Session 1: Don Quixote and Its Place in Spanish Literature and Literary History

10:30 - 11:30: Session 2: The Structure and Content of Don Quixote

11:30 - 12:15: Session 3: Approaches to Don Quixote

12:15 - 1:30: Catered lunch

1:30 - 1:50: Tour of and orientation to the Newberry Library

1:50 - 2:30: Session 4: Don Quixote and Contemporary Theory

2:45 - 3:45: Session 5: Translations, Editions, and Commentaries (with books from the Newberry Library collections); Don Quixote in Art and Other Media

4 - 4:30: Session 6: Getting Started in Research: Contemplating Conference Papers, Publications, and Entry into the Profession

4:30 - 5: Synthesis and discussion of additional topics introduced by participants

We encourage participants to plan to return to the Newberry the following Saturday morning, or arrive a day early (or both!) to explore Newberry materials on their own in the Reading Rooms (open 9 am - 5 pm Thursdays and Fridays and 9 am - 1 pm on Saturdays).

Travel funding: Faculty and graduate students of Center for Renaissance Studies consortium institutions may be eligible to apply for travel funds to attend CRS programs or to do research at the Newberry. Each member university sets its own policies and deadlines; contact your Representative Council member in advance for details.

Learn more about Center for Renaissance Studies programs for graduate students.

Cost and Registration Information 

Eligibility: Graduate students in a terminal master’s program and those who have not yet completed comprehensive exams in a PhD program in a range of disciplines are encouraged to enroll, including those studying classics, comparative literature, cultural studies, history, history of the book, history of science, literature in Spanish, English, or other languages, and other medieval and early modern disciplines. Participants will develop and fine-tune skills in research methods and theoretical approaches, through the lens of the multiple editions of a significant late medieval text and its transmission and reception across four centuries. Enrollment is limited to 12.  Students from Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies consortium member institutions have priority, and fees are waived for them.

Prerequisites: No language prerequisites. Students must read Don Quixote before class, but may read it in Spanish or in English translation.

Enrollment deadline: March 29, 2013. Enrollment is limited, on a first-come, first-served basis. Register online here.