SPAN 056. Don Quijote
Cervantes' Don Quijote is often read as a funny book, with readers laughing at characters while the characters laugh at one another. But laughter in Don Quijote is a complicated thing, related not only to light-hearted humor but also to brutal physical violence and biting social and aesthetic critique. In this course we will explore the nature and function of laughter in Cervantes' novel as well as situate our own readings within a context of the history of ideas about laughter through weekly discussions of short texts by authors such as Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes, Nietzsche, Freud and Foucault.
Taught in Spanish.
Prerequisite: SPAN 022 , SPAN 023 , the equivalent, or permission of the instructor.
Fall 2020. Cohen.
Catalog chapter: Spanish
Department website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/spanish
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