The European Novel from Cervantes to Calvino|
Spring 2014 not offered
This course provides an introductory survey that tracks the development of the European novel through its major periods--from its origins in DON QUIXOTE through the rise of the novel in 18th-century Britain to Romanticism, realism, and modernism.
We will focus on texts that had tremendous impact (and long afterlives) throughout Europe, that inspired responses and imitations in many different languages, and that provided European intellectual culture with archetypal characters and plots through which problems of history, politics, and philosophy were articulated--Voltaire's naïf and Dostoevsky's nihilist; Defoe's heroic bourgeois individualist and Kafka's victim of modern bureaucratic rationality. The readings will also introduce students to some of the European novel's important subgenres (romance, gothic, grotesque, the philosophical novel) and important narrative forms (epistolary novel, unreliable narration, free indirect discourse).
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Cervantes, DON QUIXOTE
Defoe, ROBINSON CRUSOE
Goethe, THE SORROWS OF YOUNG WERTHER
Flaubert, MADAME BOVARY
Dostoevsky, NOTES FROM UNDERGROUND
Kafka, THE TRIAL
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Weekly writing assignments; in-class presentation on material related to the course.
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