Auerbach's Mimesis and the Novel in Recent History|
Spring 2012 not offered
ENGL 281, GRST 281|
Erich Auerbach's MIMESIS: THE REPRESENTATION OF REALITY IN WESTERN LITERATURE (1946) was arguably one of the key texts for the founding of the College of Letters, as well as a widely admired work of literary and cultural history throughout the West in the second half of the 20th century. It seemed to explain the big picture--social history and its literary representation--in a manner that was at once theological and secular, closely stylistic and broadly philosophical. Nor was it without interest for less traditional thinkers: Edward Said translated Auerbach and wrote an appreciative introduction to the 50th-anniversary edition of MIMESIS. We shall introduce ourselves to the masterly book and read the last novel it studies, Virginia Woolf's TO THE LIGHTHOUSE. Then we shall study four post-Auerbach European novels that variously extend and challenge his interpretation of literature and literary history: George Perec, LIFE: AN INSTRUCTION MANUAL; Thomas Bernhard, CORRECTION; Javier Marķas, A HEART SO WHITE; and W. G. Sebald, AUSTERLITZ. A principal focus of our attention will be the place of architecture in the post-World War II novelistic imagination.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
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Erich Auerback, MIMESIS: THE REPRESENTATION OF REALITY IN WESTERN LITERATURE
Virginia Woolf, TO THE LIGHTHOUSE
George Perec, LIFE: AN INSTRUCTION MANUAL
Thomas Bernhard, CORRECTION
Javier Marķas, A HEART SO WHITE
W.G. Sebald, AUSTERLITZ
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Three short papers or one long term paper, no exams.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Regular attendance and participation in discussion.
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