Constructing Identity in Literature, From Sophocles to Stoppard
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:
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.
Consent of Instructor Required: No
|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
READING MATERIALS ARE AVAILABLE AT BROAD STREET BOOKS, 45 BROAD STREET, MIDDLETOWN, 860-685-7323 Order your books online
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