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The Spain of Don Quixote

Pedro García Martín

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.

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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.

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Learning objectives

  • Spanish golden age history, with don quixote as common thread
  • Everyday life in the 16th and 17th centuries through society and culture
  • Don quixote’s period of time as if you lived then, through written and visual sources
  • How values of the spain of don quixote have evolved over the history

Syllabus

Introduction: Time and Space
Everyday Life
Economy and Society
Policy, Religion and Inquisition
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Literature
Fine Arts
Iconography of Don Quixote

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The subject matter is highly relevant to academics who study the history of the arts, literature, and society of the 16th and 17th centuries
Instructors in this course are recognized for their work in Spanish history and Spanish literature
Provides a foundation for learners who wish to understand the history of the arts, literature, and society of the 16th and 17th centuries
This course is taught by professors at a university which is recognized for its work in Spanish history and Spanish literature
Offers a study of the history of the arts, literature, and society of the 16th and 17th centuries
Provides a foundation for learners who wish to understand the historical events and figures of the 16th and 17th centuries

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Chapter 1 of don quixote

According to students, Don Quixote is a well-structured course with lots of content relevant to the book and its time period. Learners mention that the video content is informative and entertaining. Some reviewers point out that some English translations from the original Spanish are unclear and confusing. Despite the poor translations mentioned by some students, many learners report that this course is an overall enjoyable and educational experience.
Some reviewers mention that some translations from Spanish to English are unclear.
"The English translations are not good."
"The English context is frequently incomprehensible to downright sloppy."
"However, I am not a Spanish speaker, but I could tell that many things were poorly translated."
"It is an insult to the professor to have his words so corrupted."
Videos depict interviews and content in a way that is meant to be informative and entertaining.
"Lots of amazing information, contextual, with an unusual but successful way in using TV style interviews of characters/personal from the Golden Age, with expert presentations and explanations, academic extracts of books, quizzes to show how much had been learned. I learned an incredible amount of valuable information."
The course provides historical context and explores various concepts related to the book 'Don Quixote'.
"There was a lot of information related to culture, economics, history, and literature that related to the times in which the book of Don Quixote was written."
"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."

Career center

Learners who complete The Spain of Don Quixote will develop knowledge and skills that may be useful to these careers:
Historian
Historians research, analyze, interpret, and write about the past. The Spain of Don Quixote provides a thorough examination of Spanish history during the Renaissance and Baroque periods, which could prove invaluable for Historians specializing in Spain or Early Modern Europe.
Cultural Anthropologist
Cultural Anthropologists study the cultural practices and beliefs of different societies. The Spain of Don Quixote provides an in-depth look at Spanish society and culture during the Renaissance and Baroque periods. This course can be particularly beneficial for Cultural Anthropologists who specialize in European or Spanish culture, offering them valuable insights into the historical roots of cultural practices.
Museum curator
Museum Curators plan and manage exhibitions and collections. The Spain of Don Quixote offers a comprehensive examination of Spanish art and culture during the Renaissance and Baroque periods. This course can be particularly relevant for Museum Curators who specialize in Spanish art or history, providing them with a deep understanding of the subject matter.
Foreign Service Officer
Foreign Service Officers represent their country's interests abroad. The Spain of Don Quixote course provides a deep understanding of Spanish history, culture, and society, which can be invaluable for Foreign Service Officers posted to Spain or working on Spanish affairs.
Art historian
Art Historians research, analyze, and interpret art and its history. The Spain of Don Quixote delves into the history of art in Spain during the Renaissance and Baroque periods. This course can be particularly beneficial for Art Historians who specialize in Spanish art, providing them with a comprehensive understanding of the subject matter.
Professor
Professors teach and conduct research at colleges and universities. The Spain of Don Quixote course can be particularly valuable for Professors specializing in Spanish history or literature, providing them with a comprehensive overview of the period and its cultural significance.
Librarian
Librarians help people find and access information. The Spain of Don Quixote course can aid Librarians specializing in Spanish literature or history by enhancing their knowledge of the subject matter, enabling them to better assist researchers and patrons.
Museum Educator
Museum Educators develop and implement educational programs and materials for museums and other cultural institutions. The Spain of Don Quixote course can help Museum Educators who focus on Spanish art or history gain a deeper understanding of the subject matter, allowing them to create more engaging and informative programs for visitors.
Curator
Curators develop and implement exhibitions and programs that engage the public with art, history, or science. The Spain of Don Quixote course may aid Curators who specialize in Spanish art or history by providing deep insights into the cultural and historical context of their work.
Teacher
Teachers instruct students in a variety of academic subjects. The Spain of Don Quixote course can be beneficial for Teachers specializing in history or culture, providing them with a comprehensive understanding of Spanish history and culture during the Renaissance and Baroque periods.
Writer
Writers create written content, such as books, articles, and scripts. The Spain of Don Quixote course can be beneficial for Writers specializing in historical fiction or non-fiction, as it provides a rich understanding of Spanish history and culture during the Renaissance and Baroque periods.
Journalist
Journalists write, edit, and report on news and current events. The Spain of Don Quixote course can provide Journalists specializing in history or culture with a solid understanding of a significant period in Spanish history, helping them produce informed and engaging content.
Archivist
Archivists organize, describe, and preserve historical documents, thereby making priceless information accessible to scholars, researchers, and other interested parties. This course, focusing on the history of Renaissance and Baroque Spain, can help build the foundation of historical knowledge required to excel as an Archivist.
Travel Guide
Travel Guides lead tours and provide information about historical sites and attractions. The Spain of Don Quixote course may be helpful for Travel Guides specializing in Spanish history or culture, as it offers a deep dive into the history, art, and society of the period.
Researcher
Researchers conduct original research in various fields to contribute to the advancement of knowledge. The Spain of Don Quixote course may be useful for Researchers specializing in Spanish history, literature, or culture, as it provides a thorough examination of the period and its cultural context.

Reading list

We've selected 12 books that we think will supplement your learning. Use these to develop background knowledge, enrich your coursework, and gain a deeper understanding of the topics covered in The Spain of Don Quixote.
This comprehensive history provides an overview of the history of Spain, from the Middle Ages to the present day. It good starting point for understanding the historical context of the Spain of Don Quixote.
Collection of essays by leading scholars on Cervantes and his work. It provides a comprehensive overview of the author and his时代.
This annotated edition of Don Quixote provides helpful notes and commentary.
Critical guide to the literature of the Spanish Golden Age.

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