Graduate Seminar: Ruth El Saffar

Ruth El Saffar, University of Illinois at Chicago
Ruth El Saffar, University of Illinois at Chicago
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Graduate Seminar
Tuesday, October 2, 1984 to Tuesday, December 11, 1984

Cervantes and the Development of the Novel

Ruth El Saffar, University of Illinois at Chicago

This course concentrated on Don Quixote while making reference to Cervantes’ other prose fiction.  Class discussion focused on the influences of sixteenth-century narrative forms on Cervantes; the presence of the ideas of Renaissance literary theorists in Cervantes’ work; the role of parody in Don Quixote; the question of the author’s intention and the problem in general of interpretation; the process of composition of Don Quixote; changes in orientation between Part I (1605) and Part II (1615) of the novel; and epistemological questions raised by the text.  

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