European Literature of the Fin de Siècle|
This seminar will explore the panorama of British and Continental fiction, poetry and drama from about 1880 to 1905, a period of enormous innovation in literary form and expression. We will study the major schools and movements of the fin de siècle--symbolism, naturalism, aestheticism, decadence--while emphasizing how the major writers of the period transformed 19th century conventions into a new modernist vocabulary. We will also consider the literature of these years alongside contemporaneous experimentation in the visual arts.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Readings will be chosen from among the following:
Hardy, TESS OF THE D'URBERVILLES
Ibsen, GHOSTS, THE WILD DUCK, and ROSMERSHOLM
Strindberg, MISS JULIE
Huysmans, AGAINST NATURE
Wilde, THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY and selected essays
Rimbaud, selected poems
Mallarmé, selected poems
James, "In the Cage" and "The Beast in the Jungle"
Conrad, THE SECRET AGENT
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Students will be asked to write one short midterm paper and one longer essay at the end of the semester. Each student will also give an in-class presentation centered on a particular week's reading. Participation in discussion is a major part of the course. There are no exams in this seminar.
|Instructor(s): Matz,Aaron Times: ..T.R.. 01:10PM-02:30PM; Location: BTFDC210; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 19||SR major: 6||JR major: 6|| || |
|Seats Available: 5||GRAD: 0||SR non-major: 0||JR non-major: 4||SO: 3||FR: 0|
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