The European Novel from Cervantes to Calvino|
Spring 2017 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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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Credit/Unsatisfactory|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Cervantes, DON QUIXOTE
Defoe, ROBINSON CRUSOE
Goethe, THE SORROWS OF YOUNG WERTHER
Flaubert, MADAME BOVARY
Dostoevsky, NOTES FROM UNDERGROUND
Kafka, THE TRIAL
Italo Calvino, IF ON THE WINTER'S NIGHT A TRAVELER
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Four short papers (4 pages); one longer paper (6-8 pages)
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This class will be graded on a pass/no pass basis and students must achieve a minimum cumulative grade of C+ (78.5) in order to pass the course. Students will receive letter grades on all assignments and, while invited to office hours at any time, will also be required to meet with the instructor once around mid-term to discuss progress in the course. In lieu of a final grade, students will receive written comments available also to her/his advisor; the instructor hopes the comments will serve as the basis for a conversation about intellectual growth and curiosity, objectives, and skills and their assessment.
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