English 125C

The European Novel: Society and Desire

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2018 Flynn, Catherine
TTh 2-3:30 182 Dwinelle

Book List

Dostoyevsky, Fyodor: Crime and Punishment ; Edgeworth, Maria: Castle Rackrent ; Huysmans, Joris-Karl: A Rebours; Mann, Thomas: Death in Venice; Rabelais, Francois: Gargantua and Pantagruel; Voltaire: Candide


This course will examine diverse instances of the European novel from the sixteenth to the twentieth century and consider how appetites of various kinds feature as organizing forces. How do hunger, lust, material greed, and the desire for order, beauty, and freedom structure these novels? What types of collectives are created through these desires? What kinds of individuality are conceived?

The English Department is working on expanding the class size for this offering. If you would like to enroll in this course after it fills, please put yourself on the wait list and if we are able to accommodate you, you will be added as soon as possible (no later than the first week of classes). 

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