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SPA 530SEM - Cervantes & Media Condition
Cervantes & Media Condition CASI Enrollment Information (not real time - data refreshed nightly)
Class #:   24831   Enrollment Capacity:   12
Section:   CASI   Enrollment Total:   4
Credits:   3.00 credits   Seats Available:   8
Dates:   08/30/2021 - 12/10/2021   Status:   OPEN
Days, Time:   M , 4:10 PM - 6:50 PM
Room:   Clemen 904 view map
Location:   North Campus      
SPA 530 Cervantes and Our Media Condition: Cervantine Strategies for the Disinformation Age This course will examine the work of Miguel de Cervantes in its cultural context with an emphasis on his critical dialogue with the media of his time. We will brush his experimental version of baroque desenga?o against the grain of the illusions and deceptions of our own media markets. In the process, we hope to outline a series of Cervantine tools and strategies to help us navigate our age of inflationary media. Readings will include a selection of Cervantes?s narrative and theatrical work, along with additional selections from other Golden Age authors, and a short list of recent critical approaches to the challenges of our post-truth era, most crucially the impact of automated information systems in democratic societies and the existential threat of mass-disinformation in such vital areas as climate change science, global health and political discourse.
  Course Description
This course examines selected works by literary juggernaut Miguel de Cervantes, including his masterpiece Don Quixote and his collection of Exemplary Novels as well as some of his experimental theatrical pieces known as Entremeses or Interludes. We will focus on Cervantes?s self-reflective writing style and his astonishing insights into the reality-framing power of baroque (mass)culture. Keeping this Cervantine critique in mind, we will discuss our own media condition, drawing on blockbuster movies, paperback bestsellers, and other products of the entertaining and tourist industries, from Disneyworld to the 24-hour news media phenomenon, and also on the political satire of such comedians as Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart and Sacha Baron Cohen. Course assignments include oral presentations, a mid-term paper (5 double-spaced pp. undergrads; 7-10 pp. grads), and a final essay (7-8 pp. undergrads; 12-15 grads).
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