Instructor: Schiff W 3:35 – 6:25pm
Not so much a historical survey as an investigation of an extraordinary selection of novels. This is a chance to read, and study with others, novels that you’ve always wanted to read or reread.Our approach will be diverse: at times academic and theoretical, at other times craft based and aesthetic. Our focus will be on major works and novelists, and we will examine the history, practice, theory, and reception of the novel, pursuing such questions as: What do novels do for us? What kinds of categories are most effective in accounting for the differences and variations in novels? How has the form evolved? Why has it lasted so long and how does it renew itself?Texts will be in English, though we will read translated works as well. Readings will be determined in part by a student survey I will send you in December. Texts could include some of the following works: Cervantes’s Don Quixote, a novel by Defoe or Fielding, Austen’s Emma or Pride and Prejudice, Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, Flaubert’s Madame Bovary, Melville’s Moby-Dickor Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, Norris’s McTeague, Kafka’s The Trial,Woolf’s To the Lighthouse, McCarthy’s Blood Meridian,et al. Theorists may include: Northrop Frye, Georg Lukacs, Mikhail Bakhtin, Ian Watt, Nancy Armstrong, Henry James, Virginia Woolf, Linda Hutcheon, Steven Moore, James Wood, et al.