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

Fall 2005

E 392M • Joyce, Garcia Marquez, Rushdie

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
33685 MWF
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
CRD 007B

Course Description

James Joyce, Gabriel García Márquez, and Salman Rushdie are firmly established as major novelists of the twentieth century. Moreover, Joyce and García Márquez were, by common consent, primary influences on Rushdie's own early fiction. As a case study in literary influence, we will read in chronological sequence Joyce's Ulysses (1922), García Márquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967), and Rushdie's important early novels, Midnight's Children (1981) and The Satanic Verses (1988). Our task will be, initially, to acquaint ourselves intimately with each work as an entity with its unique aesthetic problems, goals, and strategies. Then, while always eschewing reductive notions of derivation, we will explore what the books have in common and how each may have influenced its successor.

For instance, Ulysses embraced both modernism and post-modernism, with its realistic anchor in character and the city of Dublin, in the early episodes, and the dazzling array of styles and literary experiments that characterize the second half of the book. García Márquez's One Hundred Year's of Solitude- a huge success among critics, common readers, and other writers- became almost synonymous with the stylistic fashion "magic realism." Accordingly, we will study the formal and stylistic qualities of these two books, as antecedents to similar traits in Rushdie's novels.

Of necessity, we will also attend to such matters as the colonial and post-colonial cultural matrices from which all four of our texts emerged. One recurrent theme, therefore, will be the role played by history in the four texts. Stephen Dedalus announces this motif in the second episode of Ulysses, with his phrase, "history is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake."


James Joyce, Ulysses (Hans Walter Gabler edition, only) Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude Salman Rushdie, Midnight's Children Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses


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