Spanish 493 is a senior seminar focused on Miguel de Cervantes’ masterpiece El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha. This course aims to provide students with a better understanding of the novel through close textual analysis and discussions about important thematic, cultural, theoretical, and rhetorical aspects of the work. Cervantes’ novel remains one of the most innovative and influential literary works ever written; a wide range of artists including Jane Austen, Jorge Luis Borges, Salvador Dalí, Fyodor Dostoevsky, William Faulkner, Gustave Flaubert, Terry Gilliam, Milan Kundera, Gabriel García Márquez, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Pablo Picasso, Salman Rushdie, Miguel de Unamuno, Kurt Vonnegut, Orson Welles, Tennessee Williams, and Virginia Woolf (among many others) have cited the work as a major influence on their own artistic productions. To this day, the Quijote regularly appears on top ten lists of the greatest novels of all time. Part of the goal of our course discussions will be to explore the reasons behind this recognition.