Fall 2009
Cancelled

HUMS 639
Constructing Identity in Literature, From Sophocles to Stoppard

Meyer,Priscilla

09/14/2009 - 12/18/2009
To be announced -

We are what we read; the critical reader has the ability to form his/her identity consciously, while literary characters are destroyed by failing to recognize the forces and assumptions shaping them. Active interpretation of texts allows the reader to become an author instead of a character.

Readings for this course will include: Sophocles, Oedipus Rex; Pushkin, Eugene Onegin; Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary; Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man; Philip Roth, The Human Stain; Vladimir Nabokov, The Real Life of Sebastian Knight; Nikolai Gogol, "The Diary of a Madman;" "The Nose;" Isak Dinesen, "The Flood at Norderny;" and Gustav Meyrinck, The Golem.

Required course work will include three 4-page papers, and one term paper which is to be a short story.

Course tuition: $2022.

A syllabus for this course is available at:
Course Syllabus


Priscilla Meyer (B.A., University of California, Berkeley; M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University) is professor of Russian language and literature. Her most recent book, How the Russians Read the French: Lermontov, Dostoevsky and Tolstoy (University of Wisconsin Press), is forthcoming in fall 2008. Click here for more information about Priscilla Meyer.


ENROLLMENT INFORMATION

Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 18

Texts to purchase for this course:
Ralph Ellison, THE INVISIBLE MAN (Vintage), Paperback

Gustave Flaubert, MADAME BOVARY (W.W. Norton), Paperback

Gustav Meyrink, THE GOLEM (Dover), Paperback

Vladimir Nabokov, THE REAL LIFE OF SEBASTIAN KNIGHT (Random House), Paperback

Alexander Pushkin, EUGENE ONEGIN (Oxford University Press), Paperback

Philip Roth, HUMAN STAIN (Random House), Paperback

Sophocles, OEDIPUS REX (Prestwick House), Paperback

Tom Stoppard, THE REAL INSPECTOR HOUND AND OTHER PLAYS (Grove Press), Paperback

Virginia Woolf, MRS. DALLOWAY (Harvest Books), Paperback

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