ENGL 261
Adultery in the Nineteenth-Century Novel
Last Offered Fall 2008
Division I Writing Skills
Cross-listed ENGL 261 / COMP 259 / WGST 259
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

Class Details

In this tutorial, we will read five novels written between 1850 and 1899, all of which focus on the figure of the adulteress: Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter (1850), Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary (1856), Lev Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina (1873-77), Theodor Fontane’s Effi Briest (1894), and Kate Chopin’s The Awakening (1899). For each week of class, students will read one of these primary texts, as well as a selection of secondary literature that will allow us to understand, over the course of the semester, how and why the adulteress played a key role in the cultural imagination of Europe and the United States during this time. All works not originally written in English will be read in English translation.
The Class: Format: tutorial; students will meet with the professor in pairs, with one student from each pair writing a 5-page paper for each class session
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 1129
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on completion of weekly reading and writing assignments, active engagement during tutorial sessions, and completion of a final synthetic writing assignment
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: students who have already taken at least one course devoted to literature at Williams
Unit Notes: meets 1700-1900 requirement in English major only if registration is under ENGL
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills
Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under COMP or ENGL; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under WGST
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENGL 261 Division I COMP 259 Division I WGST 259 Division I

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