English 125C

Upper Division Coursework: The European Novel

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2005 Paperno, Irene
TTh 11-12:30 126 Barrows

Other Readings and Media

Dickens, C.: Oliver Twist; Balzac, H. de: P�re Goriot; Dostoevsky, F.: Crime and Punishment; Austen, J.: Emma; Flaubert, G.: Madame Bovary; Tolstoy, L.: Anna Karenina


Focusing on key texts from English, French, and Russian literatures, this course traces the development of the novel as a genre in 19th-century Europe. Our discussions will emphasize strategies of close reading and literary analysis and elements of the theory of the novel. The texts are grouped into two thematic units. First, as we read Oliver Twist, Old Goriot, and Crime and Punishment, we will examine the use of social discourse in narrative form; crime as a paradigm for a work of fiction; and the role of the city in structuring the modern novel. Second, as we read Emma, Madame Bovary, and Anna Karenina, we will examine the novel's involvement with family, marriage, and adultery; the representation of consciousness in narrative; and the construction of the self in a work of literature. In comparing novels from different national traditions, the course explores the interplay between genre and culture. All readings are in English. Workload (reading): 150-200 pages per week. Written work: short written assignments and quizzes, take-home midterm paper, final paper, in-class final exam (textual explication).

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