COMP 325 Spring 2014 Joyce, Woolf, and Proust

Cross Listed as ENGL325
This seminar focuses on novels by three of the most important writers of modernist fiction: Marcel Proust (Swann's Way and Within a Budding Grove, the first two novels of his sequence In Search of Lost Time); Virginia Woolf (Mrs. Dalloway and To the Lighthouse); and James Joyce (Ulysses -- a novel we will read in somewhat abridged form; newcomers to that novel as well as those who have already studied it in a prior course are welcome). By juxtaposing these pathbreaking texts, we will examine the distinctive yet related ways in which they explore crucial preoccupations of modernism: the threat and the exhilaration of cultural loss in the face of social transformations in the early twentieth century; the turn to memory, to art, and to objects as stays against de-stabilized subjectivity and as means of re-thinking value; the emergence of new forms of political and sexual identity; the heightening of consciousness to the verge of transport or disintegration; and the roots and perversities of desire.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: regular class participation, two 8- to 10-page papers
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Prerequisites: a 100-level ENGL course, or a score of 5 on the AP English Literature exam, or a score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level IB English exam
Enrollment Preference: English majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division I
Other Attributes: ENGL Literary Histories C
Enrollment Limit: 20
Expected Enrollment: 20
Class Number: 3735
COMP325-01(S) SEM Joyce, Woolf, and Proust Division 1: Languages and the Arts Stephen J. Tifft
TR 11:20 AM-12:35 PM Hopkins Hall 400 (Rogers Room) 3735
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