Summer 2013 - Graduate Course Descriptions
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.
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).