English 125C

The European Novel

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2020 Jones, Donna V.
TTh 9:30-11 2038 VLSB

Book List

Balzac, Honore de: Pere Goriot; Flaubert, Gustave: Madame Bovary; Goethe, Johann Wolfgang: Wilhelm Meister's Years of Apprenticeship; Grimmelhausen, Hans Jakob: The Adventures of Simplicious Simplicissimus; Smith, Zadie: White Teeth; Woolf, Virginia: Mrs. Dalloway


In The Theory of the Novel, Georg Lukacs writes, “The novel form is, like no other, an expression of transcendental homelessness.”  This course will survey the history of the European novel in the context of “rootlessness” and “estrangement”—“rootlessness” vis-a-vis class, nation and gender, and “estrangement” vis-a-vis the self.

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