Modern European Literature

Course Number: ENGL 184
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Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 184
Quarter: Summer A 2020
Instructor: Boscagli, Maurizia
Day(s): MTWR
Time: 12:30- 1:35 PM
Location: SH 2623

This course is an introduction to modern European Literature through some of its most relevant
texts. We will start with two novels concerned with early commodity culture, changing gender
roles, boredom, and consumption (Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary and Emile Zola’s Ladies’
Paradise); then we will discuss memory in the amnesiac culture of the early 20 th century, and the
question of time in the technologically accelerated reality of modernity (Marcel Proust’s
Introduction to Remembrance of Things Past and Virginia Woolf’s To The Lighthouse). Thomas
Mann’s Death in Venice, Gogol’s “The Overcoat”, and Kafka’ The Metamorphosis will show, in
very different contexts, the importance of the work ethic for the modern subject. With Italo
Calvino we will focus on postmodernism and the experimental novel, and with Antonio
Tabucchi we will discuss totalitarianism and political commitment.