Summer 2013 - Graduate Course Description
Intructor:
Brewer, Kenneth
Discipline and Number
HUSL 6304 Section: 59M
Day:
MW Time: 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Course Title:
Character in Fiction

DESCRIPTION OF COURSE:

This course focuses on the concept of "fictional character" in the novel and other media such as film and the long-form television show. We will analyze the distinction between a "major" and a "minor" characters, examine theories of why we believe that fictional characters are "real," and survey historical differences in the construction of literary characters from early nineteenth-century Realism (Austen) through Modernism (Forster, Woolf) and Post-Modernism (D. Barthelme, Pynchon, T. Morrison). We will also discuss how film and television create characters, from mainstream Hollywood cinema to more experimental works.

REQUIRED TEXTS:

To be announced, but see authors listed above. With the unit on television, Season 1 of *The Sopranos.*

COURSE REQUIREMENTS/EVALUATION CRITERIA:

Short writings, presentation, major paper (15 pages).

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