Comparative Literature | Late 19th/Early 20th Centuries
C535 | 26304 | Prof. Angela Pao
Department of Comparative Literature- Fall, 2007
Late 19th/Early 20th Centuries
Topic: Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century:
Realism, Naturalism and Symbolism Across Genres
CMLT-C 535/26304 4:00 – 6:30 R
This course studies the dominant mimetic and symbolic modes of
representation in the late nineteenth and early twentieth
centuries. We will focus on six writers who participated in the
Realist, Naturalist, Symbolist and Decadent movements, often working
in more than one genre: Charles Baudelaire, Gustave Flaubert, Emile
Zola, Oscar Wilde, Anton Chekhov, and Gabriele d’Annunzio. Among
the topics we will be focusing on are the urban, provincial, and
exotic as lived and imaginary spaces; modernity and the spectacle;
the figure of the dandy; political engagement and literary
activity. In addition to these authors’ literary and aesthetic
theories, we will read criticism by Lukacs, Bakhtin, Williams,
Brooks, Debord and others. Primary texts will include:
Baudelaire: selections from Les Fleurs du mal and Les Petits poèmes
en prose, “Le Peintre de la vie moderne”, “Mon Coeur mis à nu,”
selections from art and music criticism.
Flaubert: L’Education sentimentale, Voyage à Carthage, Salammbô,
Bouvard et Pécuchet.
Zola: Thérese Raquin (novel and drama), Au Bonheur des Dames (The
Ladies Paradise), Le Roman experimental.
Wilde: Salomé, Lady Windemere’s Fan, The Importance of Being
Earnest, The Picture of Dorian Gray. “De Profundis”.
Chekhov: The Seagull, The Cherry Orchard, Journey to Sakhalin, short
D’Annunzio: Il libro delle vergini (The Book of the Virgins), Il
piacere (Child of Pleasure), La figlia di Iorio (The Daughter of
Jorio), Alcyone (Halcyon).
18-20 page seminar paper