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Fantasizing the Mediterranean: Cervantes' Short Fiction
SPAN 242
Fall 2011
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: IBST 242

Our subject is the rich interplay between art, cartography, and literature that takes place in Cervantes' NOVELAS EJEMPLARES. This course invites students to navigate into the blue-green waters of the Mediterranean Sea during the early modern period via Cervantes' short fictional representations of traveling. Our travels will introduce us to lovers, pirates, soldiers, witches, gypsies, and dogs that talk. Our task will be to map their elliptical mobilization and cultural transformation as we travel from coastal Spain to Italy, Algeria, Tunisia, Syria, and back again. Throughout the course, we will study maps and other visual representations of the Mediterranean basin produced during the period. In tracing this relation between text and map, we will simultaneously chart a path into the changing terrains of "fiction" and "fantasy" during the early modern period.

Essential Capabilities: Intercultural Literacy, Interpretation
Students will have the opportunity to explore their ability to understand, evaluate, and contextualize meaningful forms, including visual and written texts, films, objects, exhibitions, practices, performances and sites. They will also develop the ability to understand diverse cultural formations in relation to their wider historical and social contexts and environments.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA RLAN
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (HISP)(IBST)(LAST)(SPAN)
Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%

Last Updated on APR-19-2014
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