ENGL 325
Joyce, Woolf, and Proust Fall 2019
Division I
Cross-listed COMP 366 / ENGL 325

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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 (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: Type: seminar
Limit: 20
Expected: 18
Class#: 1733
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:
COMP 366 Division I ENGL 325 Division I
Attributes: ENGL Literary Histories C

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