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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Fall 2008

E 356 • The European Novel

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
35350 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
PAR 101

Course Description

"European novel": is the formula a redundancy, or the description of but one historical, continental subset of a modern genre of world literature? This course will examine both the "roots" of the novel in European literary history and the changing parameters of "Europe" over the last several centuries. Colonialism, social upheaval and political revolution, the formation of modern states in the 19th century, world wars, and the controversial consolidation of the European Union in the last decades of the 20th century will provide the background and premises for our readings of a selection of European novels, both classical and contemporary.

Grading Policy

The class will be conducted as much as possible as a seminar and participation and attendance are required (that is, attendance will be taken and absences penalized). In addition to readings (and regular quizzes), writing assignments will include two short papers (1500 words) and one written panel presentation. All writing assignments are due on the date indicated on the syllabus and late submissions will be penalized.

Quizzes: 10%
Two short papers: 20%
Paper proposal: 15%
End-of-Term Paper: 25%
Panel presentation: 10%
Attendance and participation: 20%


Victor Hugo, Notre Dame of Paris
Jules Verne, Around the World in Eighty Days
Joseph Conrad, The Secret Agent
Thomas Mann, Death in Venice
Marcel Proust, Swann's Way
Walter Benjamin, Berlin Childhood
Additional readings: electronic and Xerox (available at Jenn's)


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