ONLINE SEMINAR
October 23 | Don Quixote

$350.00

What are the purposes and functions of the novel? What makes for a “great” novel? It’s easy to put off these questions to critics and scholars—perhaps at our peril …

For with the rise of this literary form, we witness the rise of a new understanding of the self that reverberates through to our own lives. In this seminar, we’ll take up the challenge of reading the first modern novel, which for many is still the world’s greatest: Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote.

When: Six weekly sessions on Sundays at 1 p.m. Eastern, starting October 23, 2022

Duration: 2 hours per session

Cost: C$350 plus 13% HST (approx. US$278 plus 13% HST)

Group Size: 12-participant limit

How: We meet on Zoom; you will receive joining instructions approx. 3 weeks before the seminar start date.

Online seminar payments are nonrefundable. Discount codes must be used at the time of purchase.

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LEADER

Dr. Wendy O’Brien is a philosopher with over 35 years’ experience teaching in academic and non-academic environments, including at Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Wilfrid Laurier University, Harvard, Oxford and the Art Gallery of Ontario. She’s conducted many seminars and webinars for Classical Pursuits and Worldworld Quest, both online and in-person. Interested in the place where philosophy and art intersect, she’s led discussions on the works of Hannah Arendt, Montaigne, Beauvoir, Fitzgerald, Ishiguro, Wharton and Proust as well as thematic series on women essayists, feminists, landscapes, interiors and portraiture. This seminar on Cervantes’ Don Quixote draws together and extends areas of interest arising from these studies, including questions concerning the nature of time, the rise of the liminal, the power of writing, and the nature of the self.

BOOK

Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes, translated by Edith Grossman
(Harper Collins/Ecco Reprint Edition, 2005)
ISBN-13: 978-0060934347

Participants are required to obtain this edition/translation to facilitate the group’s ability to find and cite portions of the text during discussion. It is essential that everyone be working from the Grossman translation.

What are the purposes and functions of the novel? What makes for a “great” novel? It’s easy to put off these questions to critics and scholars—perhaps at our peril …

For with the rise of this literary form, we witness the rise of a new understanding of the self that reverberates through to our own lives.

In this seminar we’ll take up the challenge of reading the first modern novel, which for many is still the world’s greatest: Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote. The rise of this artistic form set the stage for the rise of a new writer and a new reader. With these developments came a new understanding of the self. In other words, Cervantes’ masterpiece, at once an engaging story and a meditation on reading and writing, is a also quest—a quest to write something new and to be someone new. As we explore how the novel’s content and structure urge us to reconsider distinctions between fact and fiction, poetry and philosophy, idealism and realism, free will and fate, and comedy and tragedy, we will approach this work in search of clues for what makes for a modern novel and what makes for a modern self. We’ll join Don Quixote and Cervantes himself to ask how, “Although this is poetic fiction, it contains hidden moral truths worthy of being heeded and understood and imitated…”

“For me alone Don Quixote was born and I for him. His was the power of action, mine of writing.”
Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote

 

Online seminar payments are nonrefundable. Discount codes must be used at the time of purchase.

All seminars are subject to a minimum enrollment of 7 participants. See full terms and conditions for Classical Pursuits online seminars. By registering for a seminar, you agree to abide by our code of conduct.

Classical Pursuits will record this seminar, and make each session privately available to registered participants for up to two weeks after that session.

 

 

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Discount

Concert ticket, Not eligible for discount, Five times, With friend, Gift registration