ENGL 261
Adultery in the Nineteenth-Century Novel Spring 2017 Division I; Writing-Intensive; Cross-listed as COMP259 / ENGL261 / WGSS259
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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 Ureña’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: Type: 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
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on completion of weekly reading and writing assignments, as well as active engagement during tutorial sessions
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: students who have already taken at least one course devoted to literature at Williams
Distributions: Division I; Writing-Intensive;
Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under COMP or ENGL; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under WGSS
Attributes: ENGL Literary Histories B;

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