ENGL 261
Adultery in the Nineteenth-Century Novel
Last Offered Spring 2017
Division I Writing Skills
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.

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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; This course will be taught remotely as a 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#: 3061
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 Writing Skills
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
COMP 259 Division I WGSS 259 Division I ENGL 261 Division I
WS Notes: This course requires that students write a total of five 5-page essays in the course of the semester, and the professor pays attention to developing each student's writing skills. Students will work on crafting an argumentative essay about literature, as well as on their own writing style.
Attributes: ENGL Literary Histories B

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