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The Spain of Don Quixote

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid via edX

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Overview

This MOOC focuses on Spanish history between the Renaissance and Baroque periods—a time when the Spanish culture set the tone in the Western world.

The monarchy of this Spain created the first global empire of History. The greatest literary works of this period, including La Celestina, Lazarillo de Tormes, were immediately translated in the first European and American printing houses. Spanish fashion was the trendiest at the Courts of Early Modern Europe. Spanish military and political treaties set the standard for political machinations of the era.

In this period—between the 16th and 17th centuries—, Spain’s society achieved excellence in Arts and Literature. Exceptional and talented people such as Cervantes, Lope de Vega, Velázquez, were drawn to Madrid. Literary academies, theatre productions and celebrations flourished in other big cities of the Empire as Seville, Lisbon, Barcelona, Naples, Mexico, and Lima. A synthesis of nations united for the loyalty to the Crown and the Catholic faith. In our tour through the Spain of Don Quixote, we will discuss the relationship between fantastic to real geography. Society was polarized between the privileged—nobility and clergy—and the poor and rogues. Humanism was cultivated in universities. Family, food, housing, games, and celebrations played a part in everyday life.

In times of Don Quixote, the lights of Literature and Art geniuses shined upon the shadows of the Inquisition. Let’s travel to this sublime culture of Spanish Golden Age.

Syllabus

  1. Introduction: Time and Space
  2. Everyday Life
  3. Economy and Society
  4. Policy, Religion and Inquisition
  5. Literature
  6. Fine Arts
  7. Iconography of Don Quixote

Taught by

Pedro García Martín

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The course content and structure are interesting. The amount of content, type of content and the video presentations are all good, you get a good sense of the history of the period with diverse materials. As others have pointed out the English translation is poor, it is not a professional standard with...
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Well organized. If it was done in English it could have been better in my case....Anyhow I liked it very much and it was well illustrated. History is very important and I appreciate it very much because we forget that Spain has had its glorious days and for a period of time has been leading Europe and the world. The same is for the literature of this country:we don't know too much about it, but we should be conscient that Spain has produced many writers and painters of world fame..
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I expect Spanish speakers would have gained more from the course than students like myself who had to rely on English translations ,which were often confusing and unclear. And while the social, historical, agricultural, political, religious, cultural etc. information about this period was interesting, I would have liked more analysis of and critical thinking about the novel itself, as literature, and some attempt to explain why it has been so enduring.
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I very much enjoyed this course. Occasionally the English translations were a little confusing but overall it was very good. The structure of the course was efficient and easy to understand and the news reports were funny and entertaining.
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