ENGL 325
Joyce, Woolf, and Proust
Last Offered Spring 2023
Division I
Cross-listed 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 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: Format: seminar
Limit: 22
Expected: 18
Class#: 3820
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 and Comparative Literature 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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