English 733 - Studies in World Literature:
|Office:||Schofield Hall 136|
This course will examine eight French "short" novels (in translation). Starting from the narratological study of Balzac's Sarrasine in Roland Barthes' S/Z, the class will attempt to come to an understanding of the formal and thematic constraints that exist in a "short" novel.
I want this course to operate primarily through discussion based on the reading assignments with occasional lectures added to provide background on particular concepts. Graduate classes are predicated on the pedagogy of discussion, so the burden is on you each class to be prepared to discuss your ideas and to respond to the specific section of the primary text we may be concentrating on for that session--I am most pleased when a class pursues its own lines of inquiry without always waiting for a cue from me.
Students will write three, short (1000 words) "keyword"; "keystone passage" [less than 100 words]"; "keystone paragraph/scene [more than 100 words]" papers (15 points each; MLA Handbook format).
Students will write a seminar paper (2,500 words minimum) that must be comparative; topics must be cleared by the third week of the course; papers are due on 1 August (30 points; MLA Handbook format).
Lastly, class participation--everyone in the class will be expected to express his or her ideas orally in every class session (25 points).
Any paper found to have been plagiarized will receive an "F" with no option to revise.
|7/8||Introduction & General Lecture/Discussion on "The 'Short' Novel"|
|7/9||Sarrasine [in S/Z]||Honoré de Balzac||Farrar|
|7/15-16||Manon Lescaut||Abbé Prévost||Penguin|
|7/17-18||Leone Leoni||George Sand||Academy Chicago|
|7/22-23||La Princesse de Clèves||Mme de Lafayette||Oxford|
|7/24||The Story of Ernestine||Marie Riccoboni||MLA|
|7/29||Pierre et Jean||Guy de Maupassant||Oxford|
|7/30||We'll to the Woods No More||Edouard Dujardin||Norton|
|7/31-8/1||The Fall||Albert Camus||Vintage|
Approximate cost of purchase texts: $100.00. Since we are reading translations, it would be best if you purchase the translation ordered for the course; however, the experience of reading and speaking about a different translation could add a significant dimension to the class.