English 125C

The European Novel

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2022 Creasy, CFS
MWF 10-11 Wheeler 200

Book List

Balzac: Père Goriot; Flaubert: Madame Bovary; Goethe, Johann Wolfgang: Wilhelm Meister’s Year of Apprenticeship; Grimmelshausen: The Adventures of Simplicious Simplicissimus; Louis: Who Killed My Father ; Smith: White Teeth ; Woolf: Mrs. Dalloway


In The Theory of the Novel the critic 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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