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Approaches to Teaching Cervantes' Don Quixote

Editor(s): Richard Bjornson

Pages: x & 188 pp.
Published: 1984
ISBN: 9780873524803 (paperback)
ISBN: 9780873524797 (hardcover)

"The plan of Richard Bjornson's interesting and well-produced compilation is, precisely, to improve the craft of teaching Don Quixote.... The range of approaches is impressive, running from old-style Romantic 'soft' or tragic readings (as the jargon has it) to purely comic or 'hard' ones."
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"All prose fiction is a variation on the theme of Don Quixote," remarked Lionel Trilling about the novel that influenced writers ranging from Fielding to Faulkner. Approaches to Teaching Cervantes' Don Quixote brings together resources and strategies for teaching the novel to undergraduates. Although beginning instructors and nonspecialists might be expected to profit most from this collection, even seasoned Cervantistas will discover much of interest to them and their students.

Like other books in the MLA's Approaches to Teaching World Literature series, this one is divided into two parts. The first part, "Materials," evaluates texts, translations, reference works, secondary sources, and aids to teaching. In the second part, "Approaches," fifteen essays reflect on ways to make Don Quixote come alive for students, explain the interpretive underpinnings behind selected strategies for teaching the novel, examine the work's oral and written language traditions, discuss the protagonist as the archetypal baroque man, and describe successful ways of presenting Don Quixote to nonmajors.

Table of Contents

Approaches to Teaching Cervantes' Don Quixote

PART 1: MATERIALS
Richard Bjornson

Editions
Spanish Texts
English Translations
Anthologies

Required and Recommended Further Reading for Students

The Instructor's Library
Reference Works
Background Studies
Critical and Scholarly Approaches

Aids to Teaching

PART 2: APPROACHES

Introduction

General Considerations

Coping with Don Quixote
John J. Allen

Coughing in Ink and Literary Coffins
Ruth El Saffar

Three Approaches to Don Quixote
Howard Mancing

Critical Approaches and the Teaching of Don Quixote

Teaching Don Quixote as a Funny Book
Daniel Eisenberg

Metafiction in Don Quixote: What Is the Author Up To?
Ulrich Wicks

Getting Started: Don Quixote and the Reader's Response
Peter Dunn

Don Quixote and the Act of Reading: A Multiperspectivist Approach
Edward H. Friedman

An Archetypal Approach to Don Quixote
Donald W. Bleznick

Psychoanalysis and Don Quixote
Carroll B. Johnson

Background Materials and the Teaching of Don Quixote

Voices and Texts in Don Quixote
Elias L. Rivers

Don Quixote: Archetypal Baroque Man
Norma L. Hutman

Background Material on Don Quixote
Juan Bautista Avalle-Arce

Teaching Nonmajors

"Quixotiz y Pancino": Don Quixote at an Ag and Tech
Morgan Desmond

Teaching Don Quixote as the Story of One's Own Life
James Y. Dayananda

Guiding Student Encounters with the Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha
Lewis J. Hutton

Works Cited

Index




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