English 160

Upper Division Coursework: Methods and Materials of Literary Criticism

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2006 Banfield, Ann
Banfield, Ann
TTh 11-12:30 109 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

Cohn, D.: Transparent Minds; Fillmore, C.: Lectures on Deixis; Flaubert, G.: Sentimental Education; Joyce, J.: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man; Mansfield, K.: Stories; Woolf, V.: To the Lighthouse


This course will attempt to define narrative fiction (the novel and short story) in terms of the linguistic properties of what Roland Barthes calls ?the writing of the novel, in particular, 1) its uses of narrative tenses to recount the past and 2) its development of the style for the representation of subjectivity or point of view known as ?represented speech and thought? or ?free indirect style.?(Barthes calls it ?the third person of the novel.?) Maurice Blanchot would say that the mysterious institution of the epic divides in two; one part becomes the impersonal coherence of a story, a history, the real as objective; the other becomes the real as a constellation of individual lives, subjectivities. We will examine how writers differently exploit the possibilities of these two aspects of fictional style and differently conceive of their relation to one another. It will lead us to consider the novel?s connection to realism, to naturalism and to modernism.

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