English 100

Junior Seminar: The Novel and Its Theory/Theory and Its Novels

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2007 Miller, D.A.
Miller, D.A.
MW 11-12:30 300 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

Austen, J.: Emma; Bakhtin, M.: The Dialogical Imagination; Balzac, H.: P?re Goriot; Barthes, R.: S/Z; Bourdieu, P.: The Rules of Art; Dostoevsky, F.: Crime and Punishment; Flaubert, G.: Sentimental Education; Forster, E.M.: Aspects of the Novel; Luk?cs, G.: Theory of the Novel; Miller, D.A.: Jane Austen, or The Secret of Style


The seminar undertakes to read four major novelists, each in conjunction with a theorist or critic who has based his account of the novel-form on this one particular practitioner. The pairings are: Balzac/Barthes, Flaubert/Bourdieu, Dostoevsky/Bakhtin, and Austen/Miller. These accounts will also help us reflect on two ostensibly universal understandings of the novel, by Luk�cs and Forster, and vice versa.

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