Cervantes' Don Quixote (SPAN 300)
The fact that the second part of the Quixote is the first political novel is manifested in several ways. The second part adds (taken from the picaresque novel) geographic concreteness to its realistic portrayal of Spanish life and sociopolitical background to the novel: the episode of the boat shows the contrast between Don Quixote's Ptolemaic obsolete notions of geography and the new Copernican conception of an infinite universe. The duke and duchess represent the Spanish idle upper classes in debt and kept financially afloat through loans, like the Spanish Crown. Don Quijote's debate with the ecclesiastic is a critique of the Church, not of religion. The hunt in the wood was a reproduction of a leisure activity, a sport. The pageant in the forest is a baroque perversion of Dante's Purgatorio (XXVIII-XXX). Dulcinea as a transvestite seems to represent a burlesque manifestation of Don Quijote's repressed inner desire.
00:00 - Chapter 1. The Addition of Concrete Geography in Part II
12:53 - Chapter 2. Protagonists as Objects of Amusement for Aristocratic Characters
25:53 - Chapter 3. Don Quixote's Debate with the Ecclesiastic
30:10 - Chapter 4. The Episode of the Hunt
40:15 - Chapter 5. Don Quixote's Repressed Inner Desire and the Pageant in the Forest
54:54 - Chapter 6. A Finale on the Duke and Duchess; The Pretended Aunt
Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://open.yale.edu/courses
This course was recorded in Fall 2009.
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