Honors | Love, Marriage, Seduction & Adultery
H300 | 0015 | Remak
4:00-5:15P MR SE245
Six exemplary texts in XIXth century Euro-American literature
Not all these elements will apply to each text. All non-English
literature will be read in English translation (paperbacks) and/or
readers (available at Collegiate Copies, 1434 East Third Street.
France: Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary, 1857
Russia: Leo Count Tolstoy, Anna Karenina, 1873-1877 and The Kreutzer
England: Thomas Hardy, Tess of the Turbervilles, 1891
Germany: Theodor Fontane, Effi Briest, 1895
United States: Kate Chopin, The Awakening, 1899
NOTE: It is strongly recommended, (but not required), that students
have read all of Madame Bovary and Anna Karenina on their own during
the late spring and/or summer preceding the seminar, take informal
notes and note down any questions they may have. Do not hesitate to
get in touch with me over the spring or summer, between classes or
during the course, if you have questions about the stories.
Please do not read any interpretive, (secondary) literature about
these stories (except purely factual ones). The purpose of the course
is to enable you to develop your own skill, judgment and -yes-
enjoyment in reading literary texts. I will supply historical/
cultural/biographical information to place our works into their
historical, cultural, and biographical contexts.
Nor do I supply, from the beginning of the course, a day-by-day
schedule for the whole semester. How can you predict, months ahead,
which way our exploration of these texts will take us? But, week-to-
week, (or longer), schedules will be distributed regularly.
I expect that we will be reading and discussing the texts in the
chronological order listed. There will be no formal grades or
examinations before final grades, (required by the university), are
given. Instead there will be specific comments on and explicit
written evaluations of essays turned in 4-6 times a semester and there
will be, I hope, lively class discussions.
Feel free to consult with me any time.