The Novel: 20th and 21st Century Favorites
Professor Gordana Crnković
C LIT 570, ENGL 550, SLAV 490
General 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 briefly engages some major classic theories of the novel (e.g., by Frye or Bakhtin), provides information about other critical approaches, and considers more deeply Russell Berman’s Fiction Sets You Free: Literature, Liberty, and Western Culture, it is chiefly centered on an in-depth study and close reading of the literary works. Though this is primarily a graduate seminar, interested juniors and seniors are encouraged to enroll in SLAV 490; the undergraduate students will have a different set of requirements from graduates.