WGSS 259
Adultery in the Nineteenth-Century Novel
Last Offered Spring 2017
Division I
Cross-listed COMP 259 / WGSS 259 / ENGL 261
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 four novels written between 1850 and 1900, all of which focus on the figure of the adulteress: Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary (1856), Lev Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina (1873-77), Leopoldo Alas y UreƱa’s La Regenta (1884-85), and Theodor Fontane’s Effi Briest (1894). 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 during this time. All works will be read in English translation.
The Class: Format: tutorial; 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#: 3062
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on completion of weekly reading and writing assignments, as well as active engagement during tutorial sessions
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: students who have already taken at least one course devoted to literature at Williams
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
COMP 259 Division I WGSS 259 Division II ENGL 261 Division I
Attributes: ENGL Literary Histories B

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