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Among the many outstanding learnings for me is the realization that Don Quixote is so accessible and readable. I surprised me when I was reading it and that was reaffirmed by Professor Luzzi in his lectures. He noted our rare that was and included Shakespeare as another great example. While there are many, many writings of "genius", few are so easily understandable and therefore such a pleasure.
One of the best courses I have taken from Context or anywhere else!
As Dr. Luzzi digs deeper into Part 2 of the novel, he help[s us to understand that Don Quixote is aging, and maturing. While still capable of incredible fantasies and insane atrocities (i.e. destroying the puppet show), he shows glimpses of seriousness and even profundity. The dialogue between D.Q. and Sancho also evolves, as does our sense of Sancho as a person with both good and questionable qualities and a personal life, not just a character and foil for the Knight Errant.
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I really enjoyed the first session of this course; it was informative, entertaining, and insightful. I really got the sense that Don Quixote is a major fulcrum between the old world and the new world, not only in Spain but in Europe.
I'm glad we were told what translation would be used - so helpful - but it's not always the case.
Looking forward to sessions 2 and 3.