Cervantes and the invention of the modern novel
7.5 credits cr.
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Stockholm University now offers a course in English on Cervantes and his central role the rise of the modern novel, from Baroque to post-modern.
How did Don Quixote fit into the period when it was written? What type of literature made it possible, what were the historical events that marked its composition, what sort of society was prepared to read and enjoy it? And more to the point, how did they read it? We will look at how the Renaissance was transformed into the Baroque, how different types of literature (the picaresque, the chivalresque) flowed into the work, and how changes in way society worked and philosophy was done brought about the conditions for Cervantes’ epoch-changing book. We’ll also peek a little into the author’s own adventurous biography. And then, from the Quixote, we’ll look at how the modern novel evolves over time, and the repeated importance of Cervantes’ work at each stage of its development.
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Teaching takes place in English. You can read the texts translated into Swedish or in Spanish. You can read more about this course below. This course consists of lectures and seminars. You prepare for each lesson by reading relevant parts of the course literature. Course material, in the form of, for example, teacher presentations or reflection questions about the literature, is continuously posted on our learning platform. There is also information about the course implementation and clear reading instructions. During the classes, you are expected to participate actively and contribute to the discussion.
The course is examined through a digital exam (in English, Swedish or Spanish). For general information about cheating and plagiarism, see also Stockholm University's rulebook on rules for examinations and guidelines for disciplinary matters at Stockholm University.
Juan Carlos Cruz Suárez
ScheduleThe schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
For general information about cheating and plagiarism, see also Stockholm University's rulebook on rules for examinations and guidelines for disciplinary matters at Stockholm University.
ContactJuan Carlos Cruz Suárez
Associate Professor in Spansish
Spanish, Portuguese, Greek & Latin
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- Universitetsvägen 10 B, plan 5
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