E 356 • The European Novel
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
"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.
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.
Midterm paper 20%
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
Alfred Døblin, Berlin Alexanderplatz: The Story of Franz Biberkopf
Additional readings: electronic and Xerox (available at Jenn's)