ENGL 325
Joyce, Woolf, and Proust Fall 2017 Division I; Cross-listed as COMP366 / ENGL325
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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 (Mrs. Dalloway and To the Lighthouse); and James Joyce (Ulysses, read in slightly abridged form). By juxtaposing these pathbreaking 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: Type: seminar
Limit: 20
Expected: 20
Class#: 1854
Requirements/Evaluation: regular class participation, two 8- to 10-page papers
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
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 Preference: English majors, Comparative Literature majors
Distributions: Division I;
Attributes: ENGL Literary Histories C

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