World Novel (3) Development of the modern novel in the last century (outside the British Isles and the United States); lectures, discussions, readings in translation.
ENGL (CMLIT) 185 The Modern Novel in World Literature (3)
(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.
In this course, which is cross-listed with Comparative Literature, students will read examples of the modern novel from around the world. Focusing on novels written outside of America and England, this class will explore the development of the modern novel as a genre across a number of world cultures. As an example, moving from the beginnings of literary modernism (the late nineteenth century) through the early and mid twentieth century, the course will consider works by writers such as the following: Chinua Achebe, Italo Calvino, Albert Camus, Simone deBeauvior, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Isak Dinesen, Marguerite Duras, Natalia Ginzburg, Herman Hesse, James Joyce, Thomas Mann, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Kenzaburo Oe, and Marcel Proust. This course will address the ways in which the world novels under consideration constitute examples of various literary forms and styles. The class will examine the differences and distances between literary movements such as social realism and magical realism, modernism and postmodernism. The goals of this course will be to hone students' critical reading and writing skills while granting them the ability to think about the modern novel as a distinct genre in a comparative global context. Students will be asked to read a minimum of five to six novels, spending an average of two weeks studying each work. They will be asked to complete at least three writing assignments including at least two kinds of writing such as the: essay, essay exam, or semester-long reading journal. This course will prepare students for additional college-level literature courses by helping them to develop the analytical skills necessary to analyze complex written texts. This course fulfills a General Education Humanities requirement.
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.