The Fantastic in Narrative Imagination|
Spring 2009 not offered
Literature of the fantastic plays an important role in the history of modern European and Russian fiction from the 18th to the 20th century. This course will focus on the narrative implications of the fantastic and its development as a popular genre in relation to national histories and the history of the novel. In distinction from the realist trajectory of representing the world as rational, the fantastic tests the limits of the irrational and the uncanny. The class will explore the evolution of the transgressive themes of self, consciousness, anxiety, and sexual desire.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
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Our reading will include the following works:
Ann Radcliffe, THE MYSTERIES OF UDOLPHO
Mary Shelley, FRANKENSTEIN
E.T.A. Hoffmann, "The Sandman"
Aleksandr Pushkin, "The Queen of Spades"
Nikolai Gogol, "Diary of a Madman," "Nose," and "The Overcoat"
Fedor Dostoevsky, "The Double"
Edgar Allan Poe, "The Purloined Letter" and other stories
Guy de Maupassant, "The Horla"
Nathaniel Hawthorne, "The Minister's Black Veil"
Henry James, "The Turn of the Screw"
Franz Kafka, METAMORPHOSIS
E.Y. Agnon, THE LADY & THE PEDDLER
Singer, THE MAGICIAN OF LUBLIN
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Two papers, oral presentation.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course counts toward the major in Russian Language and Literature or Russian and East European Studies.
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