Fall 2004

HUMS 656
The Culture of the Quixote

Rushdy,Ashraf H.A.

09/13/2004 - 12/18/2004
Wednesday 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM

Fisk Hall 115

This course undertakes to explore the ideas that enter into literary discourse with the publication of DON QUIXOTE in 1605. The major ideas we will discuss at length concern three particular issues that Cervantes used his eponymous hero to raise in the novel: 1) the effects of reading on an uncritical mind; 2) the dynamics of desire in a media-saturated world; and 3) the role of parody in the transformation of literary history. In the first third of the course, we will deal with the first two ideas in Don Quixote and fiction and film in the 19th and 20th centuries. In the rest of the course, we will look at two exemplary cases of quixotic, parodic practice in English literary history in the mid- and late-18th century.

Sources of study will include Woody Allen, THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO; Jane Austen, NORTHANGER ABBEY; Miguel de Cervantes, THE ADVENTURES OF DON QUIXOTE; Henry Fielding, SHAMELA and JOSEPH ANDREWS; Gustave Flaubert, MADAME BOVARY; Samuel Johnson, THE HISTORY OF RASSELAS, PRINCE OF ABYSSINIA; Jerzy Kosinski, BEING THERE; Ann Radcliffe, THE MYSTERIES OF UDOLPHO; and Samuel Richardson, PAMELA, OR VIRTUE REWARDED.

Grades will be based on two short essays (4--6 pages) and one long essay (8--10 pages).

A syllabus for this course is available at:

Ashraf Rushdy (B.A., M.A. University of Alberta; Ph.D. University of Cambridge) is professor of English and African American studies. He is author of Remembering Generations: Race and Family in Contemporary African American Fiction (University of North Carolina Press, 2001); Neo-Slave Narratives: Studies in the Social Logic of a Literary Form (Oxford University Press, 1999); The Empty Garden: The Subject of Late Milton (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1992), and more than 35 articles and essays. Click here for more information about Ashraf Rushdy.


Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 18

Texts to purchase for this course:
Woody Allen, SIDE EFFECTS, Reissue edition: 1986(Ballantine Books), Paperback

Jane Austen, NORTHANGER ABBEY, 2nd edition (Oxford University Press), Paperback

Miguel Cervantes, DON QUIXOTE, 2003 (Penguin USA), Paperback

Henry Fielding, SHAMELA AND JOSEPH ANDREWS, 2nd edition (Oxford University Press), Paperback

Gustave Flaubert, MADAME BOVARY, 2003 (Penguin USA), Paperback

Samuel Johnson, THE HISTORY OF RASSELAS, PRINCE OF ABYSSINIA, Reprint edition, 1977 (Penguin USA), Paperback

Jerzy Kosinksi, BEING THERE, 1999 (Grove Press), Paperback

Ann Radcliffe, THE MYSTERIES OF UDOLPHO, New edition, 1998 (Oxford University Press), Paperback

Samuel Richardson, PAMELA, OR VIRTUE REWARDED, 2001 (Oxford University Press), Paperback


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