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C LIT 570 A: The Novel: Theory And Practice

Meeting Time: 
TTh 3:30pm - 5:20pm
PDL A216
Joint Sections: 
SLAVIC 490 A, ENGL 550 A
Gordana Crnkovic

Syllabus Description:

C LIT 570A_AU_2017.pdf

Course Description:

What makes a novel so special that it ends up on the “10 Books I Must Have on a Desert Island” list of generations upon generations of readers across the world? We shall look at a few very special novels and at the relationship between their aesthetic excellence and their long-lasting popularity. Writers include Hemingway, Baldwin, Steinbeck, Hrabal, Krleža, Õnnepalu, and Szabó. While the course may briefly engage some major classic theories of the novel (e.g., by Frye or Bakhtin), it will chiefly be centered on an in-depth study and close reading of the literary works.

Reading List:

Ernest Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises 

Miroslav Krleža: On the Edge of Reason

James Baldwin: Giovanni’s Room

John Steinbeck: The Winter of Our Discontent

Bohumil Hrabal: Too Loud a Solitude 

Magda Szabó: The Door 

Tõnu Õnnepalu: Border State nu Onnepalu: Border State 

Catalog Description: 
Study of the novel as a genre, examining two or more novels of varying national literatures. Course content varies.
Last updated: 
January 10, 2018 - 9:24pm