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Don Quixote

ENG 411 (Not currently offered)

Don Quixote
(Not currently offered)

  • Course ID:ENG 411
  • Semesters:1
  • Department:English
  • Teachers:Chris Breslin

Description and Objectives

The sad knight of La Mancha continues to fascinate: a bold, if very flawed and confused cavalier who tilts with windmills and sees deep beauty and nobility in a scullery maid. This course will not only read the book commonly identified as “the first novel,” but will also examine the impact that Don Quixote and sidekick Sancho Panza have made on subsequent literary, musical and film culture.

Reading, in-class discussion, and writing both in and out of class will help each student to grow in literary acumen overall and in the specifics of the matters that the books explore.

The student will be taught how to conduct research so has to be able to write a college-level, ten-page term paper on an assigned topic.




Films, poems and guest lecturers will also be part of the mix.

Don Quixote–Miguel de Cervantes (Grossman translation)




Course Requirements

Quarter Grade=(Quiz Average x .3) +  (Test Average x .7). Whatever resultant number is will be the grade you get( with possible  extra credit points in  one point increments as applicable).

  • Expect one quiz per week.
  • Expect a test at the completion of each book.
  • Assigned essays(summer book report included) are weighted as test grades.
  • Extra credit opportunities, to include  “pull-ups for points,” will be made available to the needy student.
  • Due work is due at the start of class.
  • Late work will be penalized.
  • Read with a pen in hand to mark sections that cause questions or that catch your attention.
  • Seek help if you need it.  My door is almost always open.


Successful Students

Successful students will arrive on time and will remain attentive through our text-based classroom discussions, contributing frequently to the dialogue. They will zealously prepare themselves for scheduled assessments and essay assignments.