Lit Zoom: Don Quixote


Course Details

  • Course Code: ENRICH-0854_DONQ
  • Location: University Park
  • Mode of Study: Online
  • Places Left: 11
  • Waitlist Places Left: 5
  • Fee: $145
Dusting Off the Classics: Don Quixote
Four Zoom Sessions
Tue., Mar. 12, 19, Apr. 2, 9, 2024, 6:30-8:30 pm MT

Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote is one of the most influential pieces of fiction ever written. Although it was published way back in 1605, Don Quixote is anything but a dusty old relic. It remains as fresh and relevant today as when it first irreverently and hilariously exploded on the scene. A work of laugh-out-loud comic genius even now, it is also, by turns, a novel of poignant heroism, bleak tragedy, philosophical meditation and deep humanity. It is a work that has kept generations of scholars busy, probing the seemingly innumerable, often contradictory facets that characterize this literary gem. Through Don Quixote, Cervantes played with and remixed traditional literary forms with the explicit goal of destroying them. In the process, he not only created what many consider to be the first modern novel ever written, but he also laid the foundation for much of what would come after in literature. Join Chad Leahy, DU associate professor and chair of the Spanish Department, in peeling back the layers of this magnificent and complex book. Aside from exploring many of Quixote’s most famous episodes, Leahy also digs into the vast world of works inspired by Cervantes, looking at the many afterlives of Don Quixote in art, dance, film, music and more.

Chad Leahy is associate professor and chair of Spanish at DU. He specializes in early modern and medieval Spanish cultural studies and has written several journal articles (in Spanish and English) about Don Quixote and Cervantes.


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Days of the Week Start Date End Date Time Venue Instructor
Tuesday 12 March 2024 19 March 2024 06:30PM - 08:30PM All Students Chad Leahy
Tuesday 02 April 2024 09 April 2024 06:30PM - 08:30PM All Students Chad Leahy