6:00 – 8:50 W
“Laughing and Cervantes”
To understand why Miguel de Cervantes is such a profound and lasting writer after four centuries, it is necessary to understand his humor. As sober, decidedly-not-so-funny critiques of the humanities mount, one of the most productive ways to enlighten others about the continued essential value of literature are fresh approaches to Cervantes and that which has made him so enduring: deft ingenuity in the literary tools of laughter. Students will read Don Quijote and selections from other works by Cervantes. To complement the reading, students will study illustrations from editions of Don Quijote and study Cervantes in the context of the visual arts.