IA332 — Don Quixote — Winter 2015–2016

This table shows what you should do for each classday; all work should be completed before the start of class on the date for which it’s listed. To put it another way, tests are listed on the day they will be given and assignments on the day they are due.


assignments for week eight
Monday, 1 February Reading Part Two, Chapters 19–21
Reading Questions
• What story or stories from Part One does the tale of Camacho's wedding remind you of? How is it similar and how is it different?
• What motivates the actions of the various characters in the story?
• How would you describe the attitude between Don Quixote and Sancho in their dialogue that starts on the second part of page 656 of the Signet Classics printing (chapter 20)?
• Do you agree or disagree with Quixote's judgment and reasoning on page 663 of the Signet Classics printing (chapter 21), and why?
Tuesday, 2 February Reading Part Two, Chapters 22–24
Reading Questions
• Can you think of any other stories, tales, legends, histories, etc. that involve people going into caves for reasons other than simple physical exploration of the cave interior? Do any of them have any relations to Quixote's cave experience?
• How do you interpret what don Quixote says about his adventures in the cave? What do they reveal about his personality?
• How does the beginning of chapter 24 influence your understanding of the Cave of Montesinos episode? How does it fit with themes we have seen in the rest of the novel?
Report Locus Amoenus
Thursday, 4 February Reading Part Two, Chapters 25–27
Reading Questions
• Can you interpret the Braying Incident to be making any kind of social statement?
• Why does Quixote react as he does to the puppet play?
• Can you think of any ways in which the puppet play and his reaction parallels, repeats or echoes other aspects of the novel?
• Do any of Don Quixote's actions in this chapter show a change from what behavior might have been expected in Part One? If so, how do you interpret this?
• How do you as a reader react to the revelation of the identity of Maese Pedro?
• In bringing the Braying Incident to a conclusion, what differences do you note between Quixote's and Sancho's actions / speeches? Why does each reach the way they do?
Report The Spanish (16th and 17th century) Novela Bizantina (Byzantine Novel)
Friday, 5 February Today we will discuss Part Two, Chapters 28–43, which covers the first part of the adventures with the Duke and Duchess. Since this is too much to read in our ten week term, we will read a summary of these chapters beginning here* and we will examine various key portions of the text more closely in class.
Also, after reading the on-line summary, read Part Two, Chapters 42–43, in which Quixote gives advice to Sancho concerning how to govern his ínsula.
* Of course, reading a summary such as this is not a substitute for reading the text, and use of summaries like this is often criticized by professors precisely because some students read summaries instead of assigned readings. Our goal in using this on-line summary —despite its annoying ads and the archaic language of the translation it occasionally quotes from— is to bridge the gap in terms of plot development, character development, and concepts introduced or referenced in these chapters. Read it with that in mind.