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Cervantes' Don Quixote - Audio

By Roberto González Echevarría

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The course facilitates a close reading of Don Quixote in the artistic and historical context of renaissance and baroque Spain. Students are also expected to read four of Cervantes' Exemplary Stories, Cervantes' Don Quixote: A Casebook, and J.H. Elliott's Imperial Spain. Cervantes' work will be discussed in relation to paintings by Velázquez. The question of why Don Quixote is read today will be addressed throughout the course. Students are expected to know the book, the background readings and the materials covered in the lectures and class discussions.

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I've only made it through the 1st two episodes and I'm already hooked. Great lecturer and crystal clear audio quality. Gonzalez comes across as the kind of guy you would love to go out with to share a beer. Fun, witty, engaging and having a wry sense of humor (he obviously also loves the topic, which make the lectures even more infectious). Do yourself a favor and listen to this great presentation of one of the greatest pieces of literature. You'll find yourself compelled to open up an Apple account just to be able to submit a review like I'm now doing.

In-depth study for lifelong learners

I am working through the list of classics that I never read, and I began with Don Quixote. I listened to the novel in translation on audiobook but needed more in-depth discussion of the novel. This lecture series was the perfect way for me to learn about the context of the novel - Spain's culture and history at the time of Cervantes' writing.

The professor has an engaging style and always pulls from other disciplines to explain a passage, symbol, or whole chapter. I especially enjoyed his analysis of Velazquez's Las Meninas and its relevance to the Quixote.

Gonzalez Echevarria is quite funny and animated, and it was a pleasure to listen to his voice... which was particularly important to me because I listened to his lectures (audio only) while driving!