COMP 366
Joyce, Woolf, and Proust
Last Offered Fall 2019
Division I
Cross-listed ENGL 325 / COMP 366
This course is not offered in the current catalog

Class Details

This seminar focuses on novels by three of the most important writers of modernist fiction: Marcel Proust (Swann’s Way, the first novel of his sequence In Search of Lost Time); Virginia Woolf (To the Lighthouse); and James Joyce (Ulysses, read in slightly abridged form). By juxtaposing these path breaking 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 face of social and political 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. Students who have studied Ulysses in a previous course are welcome.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 20
Expected: 18
Class#: 1734
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: regular class participation, two 8- to 10-page papers
Prerequisites: a 100-level ENGL course, a score of 5 on the AP English Lit exam, or a score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level IB English exam; students who have taken ENGL 360 are welcome
Enrollment Preferences: English majors
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENGL 325 Division I COMP 366 Division I
Attributes: ENGL Literary Histories C

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