Spring 2011 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
Central to this course is the study of the evolution of twentieth-century European fiction. We will examine some of the landmark, representative texts of the time not only for their literary features and poetic structures but also for their response to the tremendous earthquakes shaking the continent and their discoveries of new spheres of human consciousness and reality. Thus, we will pay attention to the radical changes taking place in the aesthetic, social, cultural, political, and historical realms of the time so that the class may read the texts in light of the events and processes they embody, reflect, and criticize.
A. Camus, THE PLAGUE; Alain-Fournier, WANDERER; J. Joyce, PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN; F. Kafka, "In the Penal Colony" and "Metamorphosis"; J. Kosinski, THE PAINTED BIRD; M. Kundera, THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS of BEING; Thomas Mann, DEATH IN VENICE AND SEVEN OTHER STORIES; E. M. Remarque, ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Participation in class discussions, two exams (midterm and final), and two papers (6-8 pages each).