English 100

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

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
10 Fall 2004 Miller, D. A.
TTh 2-3:30 204 Wheeler
Other Readings and Media

Jane Austen, Emma; Mikhail Bahktin, The Dialogical Imagination; Honor? de Balzac, P?re Goriot; Roland Barthes, S/Z; Pierre Bourdieu, The Rules of Art; Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment; Gustave Flaubert, Sentimental Education; E.M. Forster, Aspects of the Novel; Georg Luk?cs, Theory of the Novel; D.A. Miller, Jane Austen, or the Secret of Style; Course reader with texts by Bahktin, Barthes, Woloch, et al.


"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/Bahktin, and Austen/Miller. These accounts will also help us reflect on two ostensibly universal understandings of the novel, by Lukacs and Forster, and vice versa.

Requirements: As befits a seminar, attendance is required at every meeting, and the quality of your participation in class discussion will be no less important a factor in your final evaluation than your written work. The latter will consist of two papers and a final examination. "

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