College of Liberal Arts
Modern Languages and Literatures Department
BA in Modern Languages and Literatures
This paper focuses on the influence of Don Quixote in modern cinema, television, literature, and magazines. It explores the ground breaking episodic nature of the work which has continued on to television, comic books, and graphic novels today. The project demonstrates timeless tropes and motifs that have been used in Don Quixote, Greek mythology, 20th and 21st century cinema, and television programs. This document takes a specific look at the social commentary of women’s rights and the double standards that are displayed in this work that still exist today. And finally, it explores the similarities of military and religious criticism as it is portrayed in a work of fiction used as a satire for the political unrest of the country.
The project is aiming for a comprehensive look at an important piece of fiction written during el siglo de oro. It will demonstrate a keen understanding of the work, the language, and the larger scope of how this work fits into the 21st century. Most of the courses for the Modern Languages and Literatures major combine both literature and language. They require feedback in essay format in order to test comprehension and capacity with the target language. This project exemplifies the aforementioned goals.