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Don Quixote and Theory, Renaissance and Contemporary

Cervantes, El ingenioso hidalgo don Qvixote de la Mancha, first edition, 1605. Newberry Case Y 722 .C344.

Cervantes, El ingenioso hidalgo don Qvixote de la Mancha, first edition, 1605. Newberry Case Y 722 .C344.

Edward Friedman, Vanderbilt University

Research Methods Workshop for Early-Career Graduate Students
Friday, October 16, 2015

9 am to 5 pm

Room 101

Led by Edward Friedman, Vanderbilt University, and Timothy Foster, PhD candidate at Vanderbilt University
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Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Renaissance Graduate Programs

This workshop will focus on approaches to Don Quixote and implications for the study of narrative in general. Participants will look at how Cervantes draws from the literary past, how he addresses Renaissance theory, and how he writes fiction with a precocious anticipation of the development of the novel and of the theoretical issues that most have concerned scholars, critics, and readers into the twenty-first century. Participants will also seek resources at the Newberry Library to help explore the theoretical intersections of past and present.

The workshop will include a significant interactive component, with numerous short exercises that will allow participants liberally to engage in the discussion. The topics covered—with Don Quixote as a blend of microcosm and macrocosm—will inform, animate, whet appetites, and aid participants in their present and future academic projects.

We encourage students to arrive early or stay over Saturday to work on personal research in the Reading Rooms; they are open 9 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Friday and 9 am to 1 pm Saturday.

Learn more about the workshop directors:

Edward Friedman, Vanderbilt University

Timothy Foster, Vanderbilt University

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Preliminary schedule

8:30 - 9: Coffee

9 - 10:15: Session 1: Introductions and Setting the Stage

10:30 - 11:30: Session 2: The Structure and Content of Don Quixote

11:30 - 12:15: Session 3: Approaches to Don Quixote

12:15 - 1:15: Lunch

1:15 - 1:50: Tour of and orientation to the Newberry; participants obtain Reader Cards

1:50 - 2:30: Session 4: Don Quixote in the Context of Renaissance and Contemporary Theory

2:45 - 3:45: Session 5: Translations, Editions, and Commentaries (with books from the Newberry collection); Adaptations of Don Quixote in Multiple Media

4 - 4:30: Session 6: Getting Started in Research: Contemplating Conference Papers, Publications, and Entry into the Profession

4:30 - 5: Synthesis and Final Comments

Eligibility: This workshop is open to graduate students in a terminal master’s program and those who have not yet completed comprehensive exams in a PhD program. Students from Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies consortium member institutions have priority. Participants need not have a knowledge of Spanish. To ensure full participation, the workshop will be limited to twelve participants

Travel funding: Faculty and graduate students of Center for Renaissance Studies consortium institutions may be eligible to apply for travel funds to attend CRS programs or to do research at the Newberry. Each member university sets its own policies and deadlines; contact your Representative Council member in advance for details.

Cost and Registration Information 

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